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Troy Dawson

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  • Cujo

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (140)

    A cute family dog turns into a vicious family killer in King's canine classic.

    Rachel says: "Great story, wrong narrator"
    "Poor choice of narrator!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Lorna Raver?

    Yes to Stephen King - I could not sit through another narration by Lorna Raver.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Ms. Raver has a very aristocratic voice, which does not suit this story at all. It seemed like a voice more suited to a victorian tale, or something from the Civil War era. Very dry and dull. Not suited for a suspenseful tale about


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Somewhere in Time

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (82)

    A dying young playwright staying in a turn-of-the-century hotel becomes captivated by a painting of a beautiful stage actress from the previous century. Obsessed, he begins to study everything he can about the woman and her time and becomes convinced he belongs with her. Through self-hypnosis, he transports himself to 1896, where he finds the soul mate he was fated to meet. But will he be able to stay?

    R. E. Jones says: "Worth Returning To Again and Again"
    "Snore...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. I couldn't wait for it to be over. I used the 2x speed just to get to the end faster.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Richard Matheson again?

    YES. He has many other fine books, like I Am Legend. This was hopefully just an anomaly.


    What aspect of Scott Brick’s performance would you have changed?

    The narration was fine, but couldn't save this dull, dull tale, which had no point whatsoever.


    Was Somewhere in Time worth the listening time?

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    Would be great to fall asleep to...zzzzz....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4505)
    Performance
    (3237)
    Story
    (3262)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "More Steven Weber!"
    Overall

    Quite possibly the best reading of any audiobook I have experienced so far! It's a long story - but Steven Weber brings it to life like no other narrator. He is fully committed to the roles of the characters - of which there are many. He doesn't just read the book, he give the characters a dimension so realistic, you half expect to meet them in person someday.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hearts in Atlantis

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King, William Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (983)
    Performance
    (449)
    Story
    (452)

    All the stories in this collection from Stephen King are related to the Vietnam War. King fans will recognize echoes of The Dark Tower series in the collection's first story, "Low Men in Yellow Coats." As the characters develop over the next four stories, King's version of the Vietnam War becomes one of his most frightening tales ever.

    Steve says: "Touching, Funny - Amazingly well written and read."
    "Best Reading of any Book I've heard yet"
    Overall

    I read this book when it was first released, and decided to rediscover it mainly due to it's connection to The Dark Tower. (which I am also re-discovering through audio.)
    The story was not very memorable when I read it on paper, but William Hurt's reading has completely brought it into a new perspective for me. I am absolutely enjoying the hell out of this audio book! It is coming to life in a way that the printed version never did for me. Perhaps it's partially because I'm several years older, but I think it's mainly due to the emotion, the vitality and the CONVICTION with which the story is being read. It captures the weariness of Ted Brautigan, the desperate selfishness of Liz Garfield, and the wonder of life as seen from Bobby's eyes. Fantastic.
    I hope that many more of Stephen King's books can be adapted to audio with Mr. Hurt at the Microphone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Insomnia

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Eli Wallach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1029)
    Performance
    (689)
    Story
    (692)

    Ralph Roberts has an incurable case of insomnia, but lack of sleep is the least of his worries. Each night he stays awake, Ralph witnesses more of the odd activity taking place in Derry after dark than he wants to know. The nice young chemist up the street beats his wife and has delusions about beings he calls "The Centurions".

    KB says: "King lover very disappointed - NO Spoilers"
    "Poor Production Values"
    Overall

    The sound is very tinny, and makes the speakers in my car rattle like the blown speaker on an AM radio. Worse than that, there is an overabundance of noise and music that I believe is intended to create drama and suspense at key points in the story. The noise sounds like the hum of the engine from the cabin an old propeller airline plane. The music ranges from a Twilight Zone-like theme to garbled acid-rock guitar solos. It builds to a dramatic crescendo that actually drowns out the reading of the actual book. There were several points where I had to strain, rewind and ultimately just accept the fact that I was going to miss several pieces of dialogue because it was obliterated by this noise and music. This nonsense is badly done and totally unnecessary. Any halway decent book does not need a musical score and sound effects to tell me when to "be tense! Something scary is happening!" or "pay attention! This a key plot point!"

    Aside from these issues, the story is well read by Eli Wallach. It's just a shame that he is overshadowed by noise.

    The story itself is bloated and tedious. About 1/3 of this novel is meaningless dialogue and descriptive monologues that do nothing to serve the story. It almost seems as though the author had no idea where to take the story next, and yet continued to write, and write, and write...

    I had heard that there are ties to The Dark Tower series within Insomnia, which is my main interest in this book. So far, (about halway through)it seems the connection is pretty thin.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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