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Stephen

West Chester, OH, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9179)
    Performance
    (4884)
    Story
    (4953)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Great Book and Performances but..."
    Overall

    The "but" is that different actors with very different voices would play the same character (epecially the barron) in different parts of the the book. Confusing, but overall an entertaining listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight: The Twilight Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7363)
    Performance
    (2796)
    Story
    (2851)

    About three things I was certain. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him, and I didn't know how dominant that part might be, that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

    Mitch says: "My Not-So-Guilty Pleasure"
    "Schoolgirl Romance"
    Overall

    Not adult material especially if you don't care for romance novels.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Tin Roof Blowdown: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2430)
    Performance
    (596)
    Story
    (585)

    Dave Robicheaux returns in another Bayou adventure, this one more gruesome and gut-wrenching than any that have come before. Hurricane Katrina has ravaged New Orleans, leaving the streets and buildings flooded and the city awash with opportunists, looters, and vicious criminals. There is no order, no law. Police are shooting randomly at innocent people, prison guards have abandoned their posts, and bodies float through the streets and hang from trees.

    Deborah says: "How Does One Manage?"
    "Burke's Best"
    Overall

    The narration quality matches. Riveting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1137)
    Performance
    (611)
    Story
    (612)

    Author of the National Book Award-winning All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy is one of the most provocative American stylists to emerge in the last century. The striking novel Blood Meridian offers an unflinching narrative of the brutality that accompanied the push west on the 1850s Texas frontier.

    Chris says: "Bleak but Fascinating"
    "Entertaining Historical Listen"
    Overall

    They say McCarthy's knowledge of history is excellent. If this book is an indication, our western history was really tough on those that went through it. This book is the most gruesome one I have encountered. Not as good as McCarthy's All the Pretty Horses, but well worth the entertaining listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • All the Pretty Horses

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1009)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (356)

    All the Pretty Horses, the first volume of the Borders Trilogy, tells of young John Grady Cole, the last of a long line of Texas ranchers. Across the border Mexico beckons; beautiful and desolate, rugged and cruelly civilized. With two companions, he sets off on an idyllic, sometimes comic adventure, to a place where dreams are paid for in blood.

    Gene says: "A Super-Listen"
    "Wonderfully Written and Narrated"
    Overall

    Frank Mullers performance undoubtedly makes listening to this book more entertaining than reading. The book and narration kept me on an emotional edge throughout most of the listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4167)
    Performance
    (1458)
    Story
    (1474)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "A Hoot"
    Overall

    I started out thinking that this is really stupid humor. But after getting into the bizarre theme, I was laughing pretty often. I liked the narration too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    On his deathbed, Franz Kafka asked that all his unpublished manuscripts be burned. Fortunately, his request was ignored, allowing such works as The Trial to earn recognition among the literary masterpieces of the 20th century. This brilliant new translation of The Castle captures comedic elements and visual imagery that earlier interpretations missed.

    John says: "Obscure, enigmatic, and not for everyone"
    "Boring and repetitious"
    Overall

    If this is typical, I can't imagine why Kafka is considered a great author.

    2 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Closers: Harry Bosch Series, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2289)
    Performance
    (821)
    Story
    (833)

    In Los Angeles in 1988, a 16-year-old girl disappeared from her home and was later found dead of a gunshot wound to the chest. The death appeared at first to be a suicide, but some of the evidence contradicted that scenario, and detectives came to believe this was in fact a murder. Despite a by-the-book investigation, no one was ever charged.

    Wheelman says: "Thoroughly enjoyable....."
    "The Best Bosch Yet"
    Overall

    Very entertaining. Emotionally and intellectually satisfying.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve Caesars

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Suetonius, Robert Graves (translator)
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (55)

    From the dignified grace of Augustus to the cruel debauchery of Nero, this history chronicles all the vices and virtues of the first twelve rulers of Imperial Rome. The Twelve Caesars was written based on the information of eyewitnesses and public records. It conveys a very accurate picture of court life in Rome and contains some of the raciest and most salacious material to be found in all of ancient literature.

    Louise says: "This is it!"
    "Facinating"
    Overall

    This is a very enjoyable read. These biographies reinforce arguments for limiting government (force). If the power is there, people like the beauties described in this book will get it.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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