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New Bern, NC | Member Since 2011

  • 3 reviews
  • 17 ratings
  • 91 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2014

  • 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

    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."
    "Not a bad story, but terrible narration"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It was good for what it was. A story within a story within a story.

    What didn’t you like about Stephen King’s performance?

    He is a very flat reader. I never felt like he was portraying the character's emotions properly. If you have listened to a good narrator then you almost cringe when listening to King read.

    Do you think The Wind Through the Keyhole needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It could be followed up with another book. It would be interesting to learn more about the young boy's life outside of his small town.

    Any additional comments?

    Overall it wasn't a bad story. Once it actually got to the main part of the book I enjoyed it a great deal. I could have done without the beginning with Roland and gang and just started this book from where the main story was knowing it was based in the Dark Tower universe. This could have been book 1.5 or 5.5. The placing of this book in a chronological place in reference to the main dark tower series is irrelevant really. He could have had Roland sitting by a camp fire at the end of book 1 and him just remembering this story and it would have been the same for me as spending an hour listening to Roland and the Katet make their way to a shelter and then having Roland tell the story. But then again I'm not an author. King does a good job and I'm a big fan.

    1 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

    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"
    "Not your typical King novel, but even better!"
    Where does 11-22-63 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's by far the best Audibook I've listened too. It's the only one I've wanted to listen to again, which I will after I finish my current book.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of 11-22-63?

    The interactions with Ozwald stand out to me as some of the more memorable moments. I felt like I was getting to know one of the most infamous people in American history.

    Which character – as performed by Craig Wasson – was your favorite?

    George Amberson was a great character for me. He was so believable and it was a joy seeing his journey from the guy teaching GED classes for extra money to the guy trying to save one of the most loved presidents in our nation's history.

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

    This book will you make you feel many emotions. The whole "what if" scenario this book creates keeps your mind wondering the whole time where King is going to take this. I really didn't want this book to end.

    Any additional comments?

    Hands down a great book. Even if your aren't a fan of King's past work this book is worth a try. This isn't your typical King book filled with horror. This book almost fills like a stroll though history than a typical King book. You get to know the characters so well that you are saddened when anything negative happens to them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    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.

    Meaghan says: "My First Completed Stephen King Novel"
    "I felt like I knew the characters"
    What made the experience of listening to The Stand the most enjoyable?

    A great narrator goes a long way in making a book truly enjoyable. A great narrator can turn an average book into an awesome experience. This book isn't average by any means. I'm only making a starement.

    What other book might you compare The Stand to and why?

    Outside of the plague scenario this boils down to your classic good vs evil. In that sense you could compare this book to a lot of other books out there.

    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to a few other books by Mr. Gardner and he is truly a joy to listen too. I was excited to see that he was the narrator for this when I bought it.

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

    I would have loved too, but who is physically able to listen to a book this long in one sitting. I listen to books about 3-4 hours a day and it took me around a month to complete.

    Any additional comments?

    Great story telling by King and great narration by Gardner. The only real negative I have was the resolution of the main battle. Seemed a bit anti climatic. Not a lot, but a little.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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