If Ridley Jones had slept 10 minutes later or had taken the subway instead of waiting for a cab, she would still be living the beautiful lie she used to call her life. She would still be the privileged daughter of a doting father and a loving mother. Her life would still be perfect, with only the tiny cracks of an angry junkie for a brother and a charming drunk with shady underworld connections for an uncle to mar the otherwise flawless whole.
The main character in this book is so childish and self-absorbed, after a while it just became too irritating. And the way she talked to the listener was just strange, such as "you get that' right?", "you know what I mean, right". Blah, blah blah. Could have been hours shorter, which would have been a relief.
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.
I've read and listened to many Stephen King books over the years, and I know ahead of time that they can be loaded down with repetitions and unnecessary character development. However, I found this one to be absolutely too much. Hours of blah, blah, blah in the middle of the book could have easily been eliminated without damaging the story line in the least. I thought the narrator did a great job. I just don't know how he stayed awake for it.
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Thais is not a regular woman. She's 38 but her mind is settled in much earlier years. Her family died in a car accident, but she adopted a new one. Thais is a hoarder and works in an apartment building as a cleaning lady, hating all the residents. And she will do anything, anything at all, for a certain man in her life, for a man who said she was beautiful, Timur Ozin.
What a strange choice of narrators. The book is set is Russia, however the narrator has an American accent. She occasionally slips back and forth, such as a husband that has a (bad) Russian accent that comes and goes, and his wife, Olga, has a whiny American accent. Her goat-like, overdone, bleeting portrayal of an elderly neighbor was almost too hard to listen to. The whole thing, story and narrator both, just came off as trying way too hard. The endless internal dialogues just go on and on and on. A proper narrator could have gone a long way towards making this slow book a bit more worthy of a listen. The way it is, it's pretty bad. Not sure where all the good reviews are coming from.
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Charlie Stanlon is a serial killer. A ghastly, vicious sociopath who chains women to a table in his basement and tortures them to death. He has no friends. He has no family. He despises his co-workers. His only pleasure in life is to cause pain and terror...until the day he finds an adorable Boston terrier and takes it home.
If you are a fan of dark humor, Jeff Strand is your author. The main character is a very disturbed serial killer whose life is transformed by a cute little dog. Surprisingly, I ended up feeling sorry for him. The narrator was perfect. Give it a listen!
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Eleven years ago, Lindsey Nash escaped into the night with her young daughter and left an abusive relationship. Her ex-husband, Andrew, was sent to jail and Lindsey started over with a new life. Now, Lindsey is older and wiser, with her own business and a teenage daughter who needs her more than ever. When Andrew is finally released from prison, Lindsey believes she has cut all ties and left the past behind her. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her, tracking her every move.
I found this to be a pretty good book, but maybe not up to par with the other Chevy Stevens books I've listened to. Although the ending was predictable, the twists and turns kept me guessing as to the motivations of each character for a majority of the story. The only issue I have is with the narration of Sophie's character, which was one of the worst I've ever heard. The strange pauses and over dramatization was painful to listen to, and very distracting.
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Nathan Pepper seemed like an ordinary baby -- except for a mouth full of scary sharp teeth. Because his life began with his grandmother strongly recommending that he be destroyed as soon as possible, it's safe to say that Nathan was not destined for a typical existence.
Jeff Strand has become one of my favorite authors, and I always look forward to another of his original, captivating stories. This is the first time I've struggled to finsh one. It almost felt like someone else wrote it. The story itself is fragmented, and while the premise is interesting, the whole thing just fell flat.
The outspoken actress, talk show host, and reality television star offers up a no-holds-barred memoir, including an eye-opening insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching 30-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology.
I bought this book mostly because I was curious, but I was skeptical about Leah Remini's motivations for writing it. What happened as I listened is I was totally engrossed, and I came away with a complete understanding of what pushed her to make such a bold move as to take on these people. Leah lays it all on the line and approaches her story, and that of other church members, with passion, and a self-deprecating humor that made me come to think of her as a very brave woman. This lifestyle is so far beyond anything I can imagine. No one else could have narrated Leah's book but her.
Fresh out of prison and fighting to keep afloat, Letty Dobesh returns to her old tricks burglarizing suites at a luxury hotel. While on the job, she overhears a man hiring a hit man to kill his wife. Letty may not be winning any morality awards, but even she has limits. Unable to go to the police, Letty sets out to derail the job, putting herself on a collision course with the killer that entangles the two of them in a dangerous, seductive relationship.
Blake Crouch is consistently one of my favorite authors, and I enjoyed these stories. However, the flow was disrupted by the long ramblings about how the character, stories and series came to be. One would have been fine. I might not have skipped over it. He just carried it too far.
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Don't look out towards Knob Island at night. That was the warning Douglas' grandfather gave him as a boy. Now returning to the shores of Lake Manuxet as a grown man, with his twin sister and their ailing grandmother in tow for a final, nostalgic visit, Douglas begins to experience frightful things in his cherished childhood vacation spot. Just what is it that claws its way out of the lake each night, only to approach their cabin? What mysteries does the remote lake hold? Find out.
This story could have been very good, but it was so repetitive that a couple of times I thought I accidentally hit "rewind". If, further into a story, you're still trying to drive home a point that was made earlier, at least change the wording a bit. Not sure I'll try this author again. The narrator was good, though.
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For years, the Jackson family has vacationed at Rowena Wandigaux Lee's old Victorian house on Gull Island, a place of superstition and legend off the southern coast of the U.S. One particular summer, young Beau follows his cousin Sumter into a hidden shack in the woods - and christens this new clubhouse "Neverland." The rundown shack in the woods is the key to an age-old mystery, a place forbidden to all. But Neverland becomes the place where children begin to worship a creature of shadows, which Sumter calls "Lucy."
The story itself is pretty good. Very spooky, and had a lot of potential as an audiobook. However, it was overshadowed by the horrible narration. Rather than being quirky or mysterious, every single character sounded like a complete simpleton. I listened to samples of some of his other narrations, and he has a great voice. However, he should not "do" southern.