Nantucket Island. Quiet. Peaceful. Idyllic. For Oscar-winning actress Annette Carlson, it is the perfect refuge from a demanding career. For brilliant burned-out cop Tim Brooks, it's a chance to get away from the crime-ridden streets of the big city. And for Reverend George Osaro, ghost hunter, it is about to become a place of unspeakable terror.
Could not always tell which character was speaking. Could not always tell if it was someone speaking or just descriptive text. Production was such that it felt like there was the main reading and then things were roughly dubbed on top. There were a bunch of times that the speaker repeated himself with different inflection in his voice. I finished it but should have turned it back in for a refund.
In the summer of 1601, Galileo Galilei made a startling discovery in the mountains of Eastern Italy that, if made public, could shatter faith in religion, bring down governments, and lead to worldwide turmoil. For more than 400 years, the secret has been guarded by a small group of incredibly powerful people, willing to do everything in their power to keep these discoveries from being made.
Would you listen to another book narrated by P. J. Ochlan?
Good range of voice with many character changes. I'd probably tone them all down. I bumped up the playback to 1.5 to make it go faster.
Any additional comments?
The characters' dialogs, about half the time, were things that nobody would say, especially not the best of the best, the smartest of the smartest. So, many times: If this were real life, nobody would have said anything - but one or more the characters would say stupidly unnecessary and exclamatory things. Also, way too many asides: "you probably don't know about this arcane fact that showed up in the story, so let me tell you all about it." It was painful. Powered through it because I'd burned a credit on it. I wish that Audible had the ability to block writers from future purchases - I would really dislike to burn another credit on Mr. Grossman's juvenile work. But plenty of people seemed to enjoy it.
Stephen King's first full-length solo novel since Dreamcatcher, the long-awaited From a Buick 8 is "nearly flawless and one terrific entertainment," says Publishers Weekly. A strange car acts as a conduit between our world and some other...and the boogeyman of this creepy story is our collective fascination with deadly things.
What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The narrators often try to put too much emphasis on phrases and then add pauses, again, for emphasis. It sometimes drags because they perform so slowly. I bumped up the app on my Android to read 25% faster (a so nice option) and it was much better.
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In the 1950s poet Christopher Chubb composes a body of sexually charged poems. Chubb then dupes a trendy literary magazine into believing the poems were composed by the late Bob McCorkle, an undiscovered genius. But the trick backfires, and soon Chubb finds himself tormented by the very monster he creates. Decades later, a literary editor named Sarah Wode-Douglass begins peeling back the layers of the Chubb mystery in, of all places, Malaysia, where the reclusive poet remains in hiding.
Any additional comments?
When you pay the $15/mo membership, you feel like you must listen to everything you buy. I really wish that I had that 10 hours and month's credit back.
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Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.
What made the experience of listening to NOS4A2 the most enjoyable?
Kate Mulgrew did such a perfect job animating the characters in this very rich book, I have not experienced another audio book so fully.
What other book might you compare NOS4A2 to and why?
I did not know who Mr. Hill's father was when I listened to N0S4A2. Dozens of times before, when I listen to or read something by Mr. Hill's father, I always would say, about 30 "pages" into it -- "Ha ha. He's got me again." Well -- In N0S4A2, Joe Hill had me as entranced as any of his father's works. Bravo.
Have you listened to any of Kate Mulgrew’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Right after this, I listened to another of Kate Mulgrew's readings, The Son. The Son was a good book,and all of the presenters did a great job, but this was not as rich an audio palette as what Joe Hill has offered up. I will intentionally do another audible book if it comes in front of me and it has Ms. Mulgrew's touch on it.
Any additional comments?
I don't believe that I've ever reviewed another audio book, but, 6 months after I listened to this one, I still think of it regularly. I wanted to post out here in support of one of the best media experiences I've had. Curtain call!!
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Celebrating the 70th anniversary of this magical and well-loved classic. Following a plane crash, Conway, a British consul; his deputy; a missionary; and an American financier find themselves in the enigmatic snow-capped mountains of uncharted Tibet. Here they discover a seemingly perfect hidden community where they are welcomed with gracious hospitality. Intrigued by its mystery, the travelers set about discovering the secret hidden at the shimmering heart of Shangri-La.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
If you like pauses between each sentence, get this book. Aack! Drove me crazy.
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