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matthew

payette, ID, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6771)
    Performance
    (5994)
    Story
    (6051)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Keith says: "Worth the wait!"
    "Amazing! Fun all the way through!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Stand to be better than the print version?

    The flow of the book on audio is amazing. I was finding slower longer routs to commute home. The only reason I marked down the narrator, was he sounded like a pre recorded phone message at times.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think it was Harold Lauder. He was the wild card I found myself hating him one moment and rooting for him the next.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    His voices were good, but he tended to start sounding like a computer generated voice at times.


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

    I found myself laughing several times. King has a twisted sense of humor and uses it well to break up some of his overly tense moments.


    Any additional comments?

    I can not belive a book this great is only one credit. Thanks Audible for bringing these awsome books out. Also this is great because of the background research used to make it accurate everything works well the whole story through. This was a super fun ride the whole way!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Full Dark, No Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2340)
    Performance
    (1092)
    Story
    (1089)

    "I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

    Parusski says: "Eerie, honest, frightening!"
    "The first story alone is worth the credit!!!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Each story was worth a credit. They were very gripping and very dark. These stories are not for the faint hearted, but some of Kings best work.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (2309)
    Performance
    (2108)
    Story
    (2089)

    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."
    "Great story a must listen!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes this book was great. I liked the "cowboy" era storyline his best storys flow and are not forced. This story flows good and is fun all the way through.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen King – was your favorite?

    I liked it all. Steven king is an aquired taste for a narrator. Ihave learned to like like his narration.


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

    No but i kept me interested.


    Any additional comments?

    It is definalty worth a listen fun and fast paced.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Misery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Lindsay Crouse
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (312)

    Thrown from the wreckage of his '74 Camaro, Paul Sheldon, author of a best-selling series of historical romances, wakes up one day in a secluded Colorado farmhouse owned by Annie Wilkes, a psychotic ex-nurse who claims she is his number one fan. Immobilized from the pain of two shattered legs and a crushed knee, Sheldon is at Annie's mercy.

    Renee says: "Excellent narrator plus great source material"
    "Good book better than expected"
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    Would you listen to Misery again? Why?

    No I never listen to a story twice


    Any additional comments?

    Good book I actualy didnt want to listed to it before because of the movie. It was actualy really creepy and great narrator. I would highly recomend this for anyone who is not faint hearted.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18213)
    Performance
    (16205)
    Story
    (16163)

    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"
    "Six star story~!! Loved it!"
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    What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

    The whole story made me feel like I was a part of it. He dis a great job on the different parts and kept it fun and easy to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    I waited to get this book. I wont lie the thought of a book about President Kennedy would bore me to tears. This book was amazing the Kennedy part was second to the whole story leading up to it. I didnt want this book to end. One of the best books I have ever heard a definite must get!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27633)
    Performance
    (21433)
    Story
    (21641)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Should have stopped after the first one."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it was the final book in the series.


    What didn’t you like about Carolyn McCormick’s performance?

    Most everything felt like she was reading to a baby at nite time.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Mockingjay?

    The last two books of the three.


    Any additional comments?

    I have to give it to Collins she made three times the money out of one descent book. I would have probably done the same thing. Still the Catching Fire and The Mocking Jay stunk.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Talisman

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs)
    • By Stephen King, Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3712)
    Performance
    (1753)
    Story
    (1762)

    On a brisk autumn day, a 13-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: His father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a journey back across America - and into another realm. One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written, The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery.

    Swad says: "Still Good"
    "Right here and now!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It was good and very well read.


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

    Everything, that guy could make a shopping list exciting.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the purchase. Not the best book in the world, but not all can be. Starts a little slow but it gets better quick.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30036)
    Performance
    (23146)
    Story
    (23320)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "No more McCormick please!"
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    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her whiney voice makes the lead girl out to be a little cry baby. I can't tell from time to time if she is reading to an adult crowd or a crowd of 3 year old children.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is pretty good, it lacks a little from the first but that can be expected. I just realy couldnt stant the narrators voice. I will have to wait to listen to the final book. Ican only take so much McCormick. P.S. the story is good enough to buy reguardless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35302)
    Performance
    (26347)
    Story
    (26724)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Good and worth the money. Starts great"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    Starts fast Hook


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hunger Games?

    Description of events and the surrondings


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The lady who read this was to whiney, made it hard to listen to as time went on.


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

    It started that way but the narrator got on my nerves.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book worth the money. Just wish the narrator didnt put off the main girl as such a whiney weaklink.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dreamcatcher

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Jeffrey DeMunn
    Overall
    (1840)
    Performance
    (586)
    Story
    (600)

    "The genius shines through...flat-out riveting." (Publishers Weekly)
    "Makes for great midnight reading." (The New York Times)
    "Dreamcatcher is a comeback and an infusion of rich new blood into King's body of work." (Amazon.com)

    Click the sample icon to hear an extended excerpt from Chapter One of Dreamcatcher!

    Murray Zetterholm says: "King Fans Will Love Dreamcatcher"
    "Pretty good"
    Overall

    This is a pretty good book well read. The plot is typical Stephen King. It starts really good and gets a bit repetitive. Over all worth listening to, I have heard a lot worse

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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