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wowziewoo

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  • Salem's Lot

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (845)
    Performance
    (788)
    Story
    (791)

    Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem's Lot in the hopes that living in an old mansion, long the subject of town lore, will help him cast out his own devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods and only one comes out alive Mears begins to realize that there may be something sinister at work and that his hometown is under siege by forces of darkness far beyond his control.

    Melinda says: "King's Favorite Novel? Good Enough For Me!"
    "Fantastic storytelling and scary!"
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    If you could sum up Salem's Lot in three words, what would they be?

    Scary, engrossing, rich


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

    He really has a good grip on the emotions of his characters when they speak. I really enjoyed his reading.


    Any additional comments?

    This book kept me captive from beginning to end. A nicely-crafted tale, and genuinely scary!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John Dies at the End

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1968)
    Performance
    (1793)
    Story
    (1811)

    STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?

    Amazon Customer says: "Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win."
    "This book is a mess"
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    What a disaster this book is. Really interesting premise, and several of the chapters were fascinating and fun, but everything else was a confusing mish mash of too much crap, all balled together with no reason.

    The author obviously has a lot of creativity and can write well, but he can't string a meaningful plot along. There are so many diversions in this book, so many incidents that have nothing to do with anything else - it's impossible to follow this book. I found my mind wandering during 75% of the reading.

    And the ending? Complete garbage. A real non-ending.

    The narrator however was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching the Wolf of Wall Street: More Incredible True Stories of Fortunes, Schemes, Parties, and Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jordan Belfort
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (106)

    In this astounding account, Wall Street's notorious bad boy - and original million-dollar-a-month stock chopper - leads us through a drama worthy of The Sopranos, from his early rise to power to the FBI raid on his estate to the endless indictments at his arrest, to his deal with a bloodthirsty prosecutor to rat on his oldest friends and colleagues - while they were doing the same.

    Nxp says: "OK...if all you want is ice cream."
    "Fantastic fun"
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    What made the experience of listening to Catching the Wolf of Wall Street the most enjoyable?

    Belfort (or his ghostwriter) has a natural gift for storytelling, keeping the storyline rapidly paced without losing rich details. I also loved the nicknames given to most characters, made it much easier to remember who everyone was.


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

    Have only listened to this one. I liked his performance, he did it justice. He actually made me kind of like Belfort (kind of).


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Probably the scene with the kids where Jordan & The Duchess tell them Daddy's going to jail the next morning. Belfort came off as very human in that scene.


    Any additional comments?

    What an enjoyable listen this was, I plowed through the book pretty quickly. It's well-written (maybe a little heavy on cliches), but it was fun and kept me laughing. The pacing is great, he keeps things moving without being too sparse.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jordan Belfort
    • Narrated By Bobby Cannavale
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (157)

    In the 1990s Jordan Belfort, former kingpin of the notorious investment firm Stratton Oakmont, became one of the most infamous names in American finance: a brilliant, conniving stock-chopper who led his merry mob on a wild ride out of the canyons of Wall Street and into a massive office on Long Island. Now, in this astounding and hilarious tell-all autobiography, Belfort narrates a story of greed, power, and excess no one could invent.

    wowziewoo says: "Way too Abridged!"
    "Way too Abridged!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes and no. I find this subject fascinating, but this book was way way way too abridged. The story jumps around, and it's obvious that major pieces are missing. I feel like I read five random chapters. It was not abridged well.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    What Belfort was able to accomplish in so little time is amazing. And the hazardous way he lived his life is quite entertaining.

    Some of the characters blended together for me. So many new people were being introduced that it was hard to keep track of them. Perhaps if the book hadn't been so condensed, these characters would have stuck around longer and made more of an impact.


    Which character – as performed by Bobby Cannavale – was your favorite?

    Probably Belfort. He's a douchebag, and most of the characters are super-unlikable.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Jordan Belfort’s life?

    All the stuff that was cut out of the abridged book. What was he thinking on the way up? Did he worry about getting caught? Did he realize the implications?


    Any additional comments?

    I debated buying this audio book for a long time, and I kind of regret it now, because now I won't go back and read the entire unabridged book, so I feel cheated out of 75% of the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3594)
    Performance
    (1528)
    Story
    (1545)

    In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he stalks the sleeping undead, by night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

    Amazon Customer says: "Superb!"
    "Fascinating, nuanced story. Great narration."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of I Am Legend to be better than the print version?

    I've never read the print, but I find that audiobooks in general are more entertaining than print versions. I could see how this book might be perceived as being a bit tedious in print. It's not-turn-off-able in its audio form.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a simple premise, almost more about the madness of a solitary man than vampires. The vampire element just adds that crazy danger that makes everything more exciting.


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

    This guy is a great narrator. He's manic, he's emotional, he's desperate, he's gentle, he's frantic. You can hear it all in his voice. His voice stretches and heaves at all the right moments, yet the overall performance isn't overdone. He adds just the right amount of emotion right where it's needed. I really enjoyed it.


    Who was the most memorable character of I Am Legend and why?

    Well obviously the main character (Neville), but I love how Ben creeps around the house shouting his name. "Come out, Nevillllle!"


    Any additional comments?

    The movie scared the crap out of me, so I was hesitant to read this book. But aside from the general premise, this book is definitely NOT the movie. It's better!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warm Bodies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Isaac Marion
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1036)
    Performance
    (967)
    Story
    (963)

    R is a young man with an existential crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. His ability to connect with the outside world is limited to a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend, Julie.

    Charles says: "Surprising"
    "Unique and entertaining, but not quite perfect"
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    Would you listen to Warm Bodies again? Why?

    I wouldn't listen to it all the way through, but I did enjoy some of the descriptions of the zombies and when R would speak. But I already know the story and didn't find enough pleasure in it to revisit the whole thing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is a unique take on the zombie experience.


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Kenerly – was your favorite?

    I love Kevin Kenerly - I first ran into him with The Talented Mr. Ripley. He makes everything sound great. I loved his interpretation of R, the way he spoke "zombie", in that gravelly, low grunting, was fantastic. His M was great too. He does zombie very well.


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

    Not particularly


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps it's because I heard this book (instead of visually reading it), I found myself lost several times. There were times I didn't know if it was Perry or R narrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Devil's Bride: A Cynster Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (1036)
    Performance
    (734)
    Story
    (742)

    Governess Honoria Wetherby values her independence. She would rather travel the world than marry and give some man control of her life. Then, one stormy evening, fate changes all her plans. She stumbles upon a mortally wounded young man in the woods. When the stranger dies, she is trapped in a cabin with his body and with his newly arrived cousin, Devil, whom she soon learns is aptly named.

    Scottie in TX says: "Finally! The Book that Started it All!"
    "Ugh, so bad!"
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    What disappointed you about Devil's Bride?

    The narrator was difficult to understand, and I didn't like the "old man" voice he used on Devil. He made Devil sound really unappealing. The story dragged on and was tedious, and though the details weren't predictable, the relationship between Honoria and Devil absolutely was.


    What was most disappointing about Stephanie Laurens’s story?

    Predictability, cliches, nothing new or interesting.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Simon Prebble?

    He wasn't so bad on his own, but he did not do Devil justice.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No! I abandoned it about a third of the way through.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Stephen Chbosky
    • Narrated By Noah Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2261)
    Performance
    (2056)
    Story
    (2075)

    Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love.

    FanB14 says: "Intelligent, Absorbing Coming of Age Story"
    "Didn't live up to the hype"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I considered abandoning the book about a third of the way through. I didn't see where it was going, and I didn't like the format (the narrator writes you letters). The story took a long time to get going.


    Would you recommend The Perks of Being a Wallflower to your friends? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't. Even though it took place during the time I went to high school and referenced bands and songs that I loved - even though I really wanted to love this book about a quirky high school kid who doesn't fit in - I really struggled with it.

    I couldn't stand most of the characters.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He seemed a little disaffected to me.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I did see the movie, when I was just over halfway through the audiobook. It made me dislike the characters even more, although it showed me that the story was going to start getting a little more interesting if I just hung in there.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ask and the Answer: Chaos Walking, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Patrick Ness
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe, Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (184)

    Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd has carried a desperately wounded Viola right into the hands of their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss. Immediately separated from Viola and imprisoned, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the Mayor’s terrifying new order. But everything is shrouded in secrets. Where is Viola? Is she even still alive? And who are the mysterious Answer? And then one day, the bombs begin to explode....

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Don't forget 1017"
    "Todd's Narration is Great; Viola's Not So Much"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Ask and the Answer to be better than the print version?

    I would consider reading the print version for this book. I love listening to Nick Podehl - he is really entertaining. But the narrator for Viola was just so dull. Everything she says is quiet and reserved, and maybe that's part of Viola's circumstance and personality, but man was it hard to listen to. I had a hard time staying interested during her chapters. Several times I had to turn off the book and turn on music when I was driving during her chapters because I felt myself becoming distracted or tired.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ask and the Answer?

    Only 1/3 of the way through at this point.


    What three words best describe Angela Dawe and Nick Podehl ’s voice?

    HER: Quiet, reserved, timid
    HIM: Funny, alive, elastic


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the first book - The Knife of Never Letting Go. Although I find this second book very interesting, it hasn't yet grabbed me in the same way. I think maybe it's because Manchee isn't around anymore, and also because many of the secrets have already been uncovered.

    But it's still an entertaining book and much more original than some of the other YA fiction I've read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go: Chaos Walking, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Patrick Ness
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (287)

    Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee - whose thoughts Todd can hear, too, whether he wants to or not -stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden - a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

    Howard says: "Really interesting world but seriously messed up"
    "Imaginative story, great narration, quick pacing"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Firstly that it's so unique. The author has a great imagination and told the story well. It wasn't bare-bones dry, but it wasn't dripping in excess adjectives and exposition either. Manchee was a favorite also.


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

    This is the first time I've heard this narrator, and I just loved him. In fact, I listened to a sample on a whim, not knowing anything about the book and decided within 60 seconds to buy it because I was so engaged by Nick Podehl! He's got a lot of personality and sounded enthused about this story. And the way he voiced the animals, that was a big selling point to me. If I had read the book description first, I may never have listened to the sample.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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