An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.
I'm an avid King fan. His books are generally amazing in both content and prose, no formulas, no repetitive storylines, always fresh and enthralling. However, most of the audiobook performances, like the majority of his b-movie style TV productions, seem to fall flat. There have been a few that have made use of narrators able to do the material justice but in my personal opinion those have been few and far between. This go-round was a perfect pairing of story and narration. Will Patton did an outstanding job.
I was hooked from the beginning and listened to the entire thing within the course of a long weekend. Which for me is unusual, as I tend to get bored easily and jump from book to book depending on my mood. So that in itself is indicative of a well-done audio.
Some reviewers stated that King should've stuck to his Maine locale, but I found the non-use of his fictional town domains to be refreshing. What starts out as a horrible but intriguing murder mystery quickly becomes a paradox of who and how and in the process we meet many faces, one, in particular, familiar to some. I did also enjoy one scene that I would not have wanted to read alone at night... I'm rather glad that the out-loud narration seemed to make it less scary than my head-voice would have portrayed it. And though the ending seemed a little lackluster, for me, it was still fully worth the ride.
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The plague has brought the dead to life and their hunger for the living is insatiable. The Zombie Park has been overrun and the dead have been unleashed upon the city, causing horrific deaths in their path. The spread of the plague seems to be unstoppable this time as it spreads across the Indiana border infecting the state of Illinois. The public is now left to fend for themselves since all attempts to stop the zombie outbreak in Indiana have failed. It's a struggle to survive as survivors make their way to the local mall to find refuge as the growing horde surrounds it.
I have mixed feelings about this title. As someone who is obsessed with apocalypses, not days or years after the event but the beginning stages, when all hell breaks loose, this pretty much had exactly what I was looking for. But the way the plague breaks free, while imaginative, was almost laughable, even after your suspension of belief. A zombie park? Really? And although the prose was extremely basic and often repetetive, there was something about it that still kept me listening. The narrator did a pretty decent job, though way too dramatic at times was still better than most. He did a great job at separating character voices for sure. It almost sounded like more than one person was reading the different parts.
This is definitely not a serious read. Something more along the lines of Mystery Science Theatre 3000. But an entertaining listen, nonetheless. I'd probably listen to more from this author.
*I was provided this audiobook free of charge by the narrator, author of publisher but in no way does it have an effect on my review.
When Dr. Louis Creed takes a new job and moves his family to the idyllic, rural town of Ludlow, Maine, this new beginning seems too good to be true. Yet despite Ludlow's tranquility, there's an undercurrent of danger that lingers...like the graveyard in the woods near the Creeds' home, where generations of children have buried their beloved pets.
I've been eagerly awaiting this audiobook since I first heard that it was being narrated by Michael C. Hall. I love Stephen King. However, I have been sorely disappointed with the majority of narrators chosen to perform his novels. Namely Campbell Scott whose monotone narration literally ruined my two favorite King books. So, when I saw the pairing of this classic with Hall, I was beside myself. And it was definitely worth the wait. I'm only a quarter of the way into it, but I've read the story before so I can say firsthand that Hall definitely delivers. It's like a breath of fresh air after so many disappointments.
This may contain a spoiler for those of you who may not already know the entire story, but nothing too direct. I will just say that this is one of his darkest and most heart wrenching novels to date. I've had two children and God only knows what lengths I would go to to bring them back if something were to happen. One can only hope to never be put in Louis' shoes.
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"I have been acquainted with the smell of death." So begins Clytemnestra's tale of her own life in ancient Mycenae, the legendary Greek city from which her husband, King Agamemnon, left when he set sail with his army for Troy. Clytemnestra rules Mycenae now, along with her new lover, Aegisthus, and together they plot the bloody murder of Agamemnon on the day of his return after nine years at war.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. At first, I wasn't sure what my reaction would be considering this is far from my normal genre of choice. But within moments I was swept away, not only by the authors words, but with the whimsical tone in which the narrator voiced the beginning protagonist. Simply put, it was like music to my ears.
I became infatuated with the authors style of prose... You hear over and over the phrase "show don't tell" when it comes to writing. However, in this case, inner thoughts and dialogue very much lead this narrative and very little physical description was used. Somehow, I was able to imagine the details just as much, if not more, because of it.
Switching protagonists (and narrators) throughout was done beautifully. It not only made the story more interesting, but allowed me to feel a deeper understanding of each character, what they felt and why they did the things they did. I think that's the biggest conflict in the story... that they didn't understand each other's motivations.
This was truly one of the most engrossing audiobooks I've ever listened to. And this is coming from someone who finishes maybe 1 out of 5 audiobooks I purchase, if that, even. There may be a lot of good books out there, but a good narrator is hard to find. A perfect narrator is even rarer and this fit the bill on all accounts.
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Lieutenant Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels is having a bad week. Her live-in boyfriend has left her for his personal trainer, chronic insomnia has caused her to max out her credit cards with late-night home shopping purchases, and a frightening killer who calls himself "The Gingerbread Man" is dumping mutilated bodies in her district.
I didn't get very far into the book, so I can't say much about the writing or story, and I think I'd have liked the duel narrators had it not been for the female. From the first moment, she sounded like she was running out of breath trying to pronounce each word fully. Very off-putting.
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When best-selling horror author Sam McGarver is invited to spend Halloween night in one of the country's most infamous haunted houses, he reluctantly agrees. At least he won't be alone; joining him are three other masters of the macabre, writers who have helped shape modern horror. But what begins as a simple publicity stunt will become a fight for survival. The entity they have awakened will follow them, torment them, threatening to make them a part of the bloody legacy of Kill Creek.
First off, it was very well-written. The prose was top notch, the characters distinctive, the atmosphere rich. Which in an era of self-publishing is very very refreshing since the last several books I've picked up have been sorely lacking. The plot itself was somewhat cliche... a group of horror authors in a so-called haunted house with a ghostly presence that.....(you get the drift). However, the "what" and the "why" do have a bit of a twist, and regardless if its a tale told a hundred times, it still stands on its own as an engaging read.
I don't think I've been scared by a book since, well, ever (even though that is always my main objective) and there were moments in this book that were very eery, scenes reminiscent of The Grudge or The Ring, but not enough to actually scare me. It did, however, manage to hold my attention and I listened to it within a couple of sittings. For a debut novel, this was definitely above the norm.
The narration was also above-par (he kind of reminded me of Ray Porter in some instances) and I would easily listen to something else by the narrator. Whether you're using a credit or buying it outright, you really can't go wrong. I would recommend Kill Creek to anyone who's not afraid to add a little horror to their lives.
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Special Agent Matthew Roarke has abandoned his rogue search for serial killer Cara Lindstrom. He's returned to the FBI to head a task force with one mission: to rid society of its worst predators. But as the skeletal symbols of Santa Muerte, "Lady Death," mysteriously appear at universities nationwide, threatening death to rapists, Roarke's team is pressured to investigate. When a frat boy goes missing in Santa Barbara, Roarke realizes a bloodbath is coming - desperate teenagers are about to mete out personal, cold-blooded justice.
There are so many different aspects that contribute to how good this series is. The prose. The theme. The characters. The narration. Literally everything made the experience of listening to all of the books equally enjoyable. And I say enjoyable only to emphasize how much I liked all the books up to this point, because enjoyable seems far too positive a feeling for the actual events depicted throughout.
Most reviewers point out how political this last book gets. Yes, though the first four were as well, this last one goes to some extreme in pointing out the failings of the current Presidency. At the same time it is also being stated that the author’s claims are not factual, that she is over the top in her references as to how widely rape is accepted and to change her formula when writing the next novel. However, maybe in Sokoloff’s fictional world (the one in which we are reading as a work of fiction), things are just as she portrays them. The beauty in fiction is that you are able to build a world any way you see fit, whether it’s accurate or purely imagined. And I personally feel that, reading it as a solely fictional novel in a world where current events weren’t as they were at this very moment, it was done in a way which inherently expresses the actions of its characters. Read it again in 20 years and tell me everyone’s response would be the same.
I see it for what it is. An illusory way to breathe life into a silent predator that has affected far too many women in this world. It is at its core a heartbreaking journey of a child becoming a woman she almost had no choice in becoming and her choice to rid the world of what evils she can so that others don’t have to suffer the same fate.
I haven’t even touched on R.C. Bray, whose performance is nothing less than spectacular. His voice has those gritty undertones that so effortlessly fit the subject matter, while at the same time his flawless timing and inflection soothes your ears as you listen. Could not have found a better fit for the material.
The matter is dark and bleak, but the entire journey is very much worth it.
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FBI agent Matthew Roarke has been on leave, and in seclusion, since the capture of mass killer Cara Lindstrom - the victim turned avenger who preys on predators. Torn between devotion to the law and a powerful attraction to Cara and her lethal brand of justice, Roarke has retreated from both to search his soul. But Cara's escape from custody and a police detective's cryptic challenge soon draw him out of exile to probe an unsolved murder that could be the key to her long and deadly career.
Once again Sokoloff manages to blow me away with her writing. This book takes us back to the beginning and to Cara as a fourteen year old vigilante via flashbacks. At the same time Roarke, no longer an agent, is now investigating on his own time, desperately trying to hunt down the monsters from Cara's past.
I've never been able to follow serials, I get too bored with single characters. But with this series, it never feels repetitive or cliche. And even though the novels intertwine they each have completely different plot lines, each one almost better than it's predecessor.
The narration by R C Bray, as always, is amazing. He perfects an already outstanding narrative, creating a truly great listening experience. I wish all books could be narrated by someone of his caliber, though I know everyone's tastes differ.
Either way, read or heard, this series is a must-have.
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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.
After reading The Pain of Others I fell in love with Letty. She is so painfully real. I just had to watch the show, even before finishing Good Behavior. I was apprehensive at first since most screenplays stray far from original storylines. This was not the case. At least not what I've seen from the first few episodes. It manages not only to stay within the boundaries of the novellas, but it's as if the characters I imagined in my head stepped directly off the page and on to the screen. There were some minor changes to the end of The Pain of Others but I believe it was done to segway more realistically into a continued interaction between Letty and Javier. The dynamic of their relationship plays out beautifully on screen and I feel they couldn't have found a better pairing.
My only complaint is that Julia Whelan does a terrible job with male voices. Something about the way she tries to change her voice seriously irritates me, but not so much that I couldn't listen. I still recommend reading AND watching for the full experience.
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The hunt for mass murderer Cara Lindstrom is over. FBI Special Agent Matthew Roarke has been working for this moment: the capture of a killer who savagely hunts the worst of humanity. But Roarke remains traumatized by his own near-death at the hands of the serial killer who slaughtered Cara's family...and haunted by the enigmatic woman who saved his life.
Each novel, though continuing an overall plot line, still has enough subplotting to stand alone. I rarely like serials and I have never flown through a series as quickly as I have these. Superb writing and narration that cannot be matched make these audiobooks a true listening experience. Well worth the money.
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