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steven

Glenwood, IA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7127)
    Performance
    (6331)
    Story
    (6393)

    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!"
    "FANTASTIC!"
    Overall
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    Story
    Where does The Stand rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would have to put the Stand in the top 3 of my library, possibly at #1 but there are so many great ones it's hard to decide. This is for sure King at his best, and Grover Gardner was wonderful. I usually only listen while at work, but I could not stop listening to this book, only Under the Dome did the same for me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Stand?

    Too many memorable moments to pick 1.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    He brought the characters to life.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mystery Writers of America Presents The Mystery Box

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer (editor)
    • Narrated By William Dufris, Karen White, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (296)

    With this anthology, best-selling author Brad Meltzer introduces 21 original stories from today’s most prominent mystery writers. In Laura Lippman’s "Waco 1982", a young reporter stuck with a seemingly mundane assignment on lost-and-found boxes unwittingly discovers a dark crime. In Joseph Finder’s "Heirloom", a scheming neighbor frightens the new couple on the block with an unnerving tale of buried treasure. In R. L. Stine’s "High Stakes", a man on his honeymoon gets drawn into a bizarre bet involving a coffin, a bet he may pay for with his life.

    Sharon says: "Worth the Credit"
    "Boring, waste of time"
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    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time, not a single good story. Most of them seemed unfinished with no real ending.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mean Streets

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher, Kat Richardson, Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Dion Graham, Richard Poe, Mia Baron, T. Ryder Smit
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (199)

    Featuring New York Times best-selling authors Jim Butcher and Simon R. Green, and national best-selling authors Kat Richardson and Thomas E. Sniegoski, Mean Streets offers four novellas from the hottest names in contemporary paranormal suspense. Running the gamut from demons and werewolves to zombies and black magic, these whodunits crackle with otherworldly secrets, making for a noir collection with an extra set of fangs.

    Bonnie says: "A collection of 4 novellas"
    "One word, BORING!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or Dion Graham, Richard Poe, Mia Baron, T. Ryder Smit?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Just sheer boredom, finally just gave up. The stories went no where and gave you nothing to care about.

    0 of 2 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
    (2383)
    Performance
    (2177)
    Story
    (2161)

    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."
    "Short but sweet!"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you listen to The Wind Through the Keyhole again? Why?

    I will for sure listen to it again, I could not stop listening.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a pretty short book, but it was very well done. Don't expect a lot of new material from Roland and his gunslingers as there is not much. The book is mostly composed of two long short stories, one of them is the book's namesake and another is a new story about Roland when he was younger.I was THRILLED to have Stephen King read this book, he is an amazing story teller even if he does not have the talent of some of the usual narrators, he made it magic. He did a much better job then he did with Needful Things (although I enjoyed him listening to that one as well). The sneak peak at Doctor Sleep was great too, can't wait for it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tripwire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (1629)
    Performance
    (643)
    Story
    (643)

    In Tripwire, Reacher is settling into lazy Key West when his life is interrupted by a stranger who comes looking for him. When the stranger turns up beaten to death in the Old Town cemetery - fingertips removed - Reacher knows whomever the man was working for is not a friend.

    Mark says: "OK...but..."
    "Very Good!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, very well written, believable and only a few slow spots.


    Any additional comments?

    A lot of action, good characters and a great story. I put this series so far just slightly behind Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series and miles ahead of The Grey Man series. Like the Mitch Rapp series everything that happens is believable and there were only a few slow spots. Very good read(listen).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Vampire Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (686)
    Performance
    (584)
    Story
    (590)

    Once an aristocrat in the heady days of pre-revolutionary France, now Lestat is a rockstar in the demonic, shimmering 1980s. He rushes through the centuries in search of others like him, seeking answers to the mystery of his terrifying exsitence. His story, the second volume in Anne Rice's best-selling Vampire Chronicles, is mesmerizing, passionate, and thrilling.

    Patricia says: "Finally unabridged! Excellently read, great listen"
    "BORING!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Vampire Lestat?

    Interview With a Vampire had some slow spots, but I wanted to know more about Lestat so I purchased this book. What a borefest! I got through 2 of the 3 parts and I could not finish, this is the first audiobook I have not been able to finish and I have well over 100 in my library. Just droning boring details.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Anne Rice again?

    probably not


    Would you be willing to try another one of Simon Vance’s performances?

    Yes


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Dissapointment


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Carol Cowan, Michael Hanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (306)

    Reporter Holly Thorne is intrigued by Jim Ironheart, who has saved 12 lives in the past three months. Holly wants to know what kind of power drives him, why terrifying visions of a churning windmill haunt his dreams, and just what he means when he whispers in his sleep that an enemy who will kill everyone is coming.

    Michael says: "Above average Koontz"
    "Koontz at his worst"
    Overall

    I have enjoyed over 20 Koontz books. This one I could not even finish, by far the worst book of his I have read. The narration was fantastic, which goes to show how poor the story was. There was nothing to keep my interest, the characters were boring and the "enemy" was just very lame. It's hard to believe he can go from By the Light of the Moon, which I think is his very best work, to this garbage. Even hardcore Koontz fans should skip this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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