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  • Glass Sword

  • By: Victoria Aveyard
  • Narrated by: Amanda Dolan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,863
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,387

Mare Barrow's blood is red - the color of common folk - but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince - the friend - who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: She is not the only one of her kind.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Depressing and Slow

  • By Bonnie on 03-21-16

Ladies and gentlemen, another X-men ripoff

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-26-16

Now don't get me wrong, this is a very interesting book but I can't help but feel that the author has copied the basic plot of X-men. Once the story actually gets going we are off in a hunt for new mutants, I mean "new bloods" and I feel like Aveyard had Professor X's School for Gifted Children on her mind a lot. I mean yes it's an interesting story and rarely slows done enough for the story to get stagnant but none of it seems fresh, also almost every YA cliché is used along the way and that got annoying to be brutally honest. The narrator did a wonderful job again but even the best actor/actress can't make a half decent book incredible. Will I listen to the next book? Yeah probably but I won't wait with bated breath like I do with many other books of similar origins.

  • The Regulators

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,191
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,188

Peaceful suburbia on Poplar Street in Wentworth, Ohio, takes a turn for the ugly when four vans containing armed "regulators" terrorize the street's residents, cold-bloodedly killing anyone foolish enough to step outside their homes. Houses mysteriously transform into log cabins, and the street now ends in what looks like a child's hand-drawn Western landscape. Masterminding this sudden onslaught is the evil creature Tak, who has taken over the body of an autistic eight-year-old boy, Seth Garin.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By daniel on 03-06-17

Tak Part 2???

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-16

I'm not sure which was published first but this book is the companion piece to King's novel Desperation. Personally I liked Desperation better in both story and character development but that's just me. The Regulators has many similarities to Desperation including the villain, the characters (sorta), and how the plot unfolds. The Regulators story takes place in about a 90 minute window with diary entries and flashbacks filling in the spaces, so there are several points where this book drags on and on. The saving grace to this audiobook is Frank Muller, who returns to read another King story after a severe motorcycle accident about a decade ago. Muller is perfect for the role of narrator and I wish he would have done Desperation as well. One last note is that this book has several, let's just say, scarring moments of violence, I'm not one to cringe a lot but the terror and mayhem inflicted on the poor neighborhood was shocking to say the least. Unfortunately that is one of its few redeemable qualities and the length is as well, coming in at only 12 hours, a rarity for King. Is it worth the credit/money? Only if you are interested in more Tak/mayhem, though don't expect anymore mythology about it then what was already told in Desperation.

21 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • Deeply Odd

  • Odd Thomas, Book 6
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,806
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,426

How do you make sure a crime that hasn’t happened yet, never does? That’s the critical question facing Odd Thomas, the young man with a unique ability to commune with restless spirits and help them find justice and peace. But this time, it’s the living who desperately need Odd on their side. Three helpless innocents will be brutally executed unless Odd can intervene in time. Who the potential victims are and where they can be found remain a mystery. The only thing Odd knows for sure is who the killer will be: the homicidal stranger who tried to shoot him dead in a small-town parking lot.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Odd Once Again

  • By Don Gilbert on 05-30-13

So yeah that just happened.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-16

Finally an above average Odd Thomas book! This is the best one since Brother Odd, but not as good as the original. Not that the others are bad but they tend to be only average. Starting out slow and involves a lot of banter between Odd and his new companion, the twist and possibly universe shattering info comes from the least expected source and will hopefully shape the final book in the best ways possible, this could all be a fever dream but here's to hoping. David Aaron Baker is as usual magnificent as our narrator and has become synonymous with what most of us think Odd sounds like, and to top it off he apparently can do a half decent impression of *spoilers*. Dean Koontz had raised all hopes of a phenomenal conclusion to this Odd saga ;) and we all hope he won't let us down.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Damned

  • By: Chuck Palahniuk
  • Narrated by: Tai Sammons
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,120
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,032
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,026

“Are you there, Satan? It’s me, Madison,” declares the whip-tongued 13-year-old narrator of Damned, Chuck Palahniuk’s subversive new work of fiction. The daughter of a narcissistic film star and a billionaire, Madison is abandoned at her Swiss boarding school over Christmas, while her parents are off touting their new projects and adopting more orphans. She dies over the holiday of a marijuana overdose—and the next thing she knows, she’s in Hell.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • As a new Chuck Palahniuk reader, I liked it a lot!

  • By William R. on 01-18-12

The Breakfast Club meets Dante's Inferno

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-16

First off I'll give a standing O to Tai Sammons for a superb narration. Second let me say this book is one of the most sacrilegious, crass, disgusting book I have ever experienced, and I loved every minute of it. As with all of Palahniuk's works it a little hard to get with the tempo of the book at first but it gets going eventually. His subject matter is as usual very unique that is almost off putting at first, his humor is the blackest of black, and his repetitive mantras/phrases become almost the heartbeat of the story (like Fight Club's "I Am......" statements). I understand why almost all his books get just average ratings (you either love his stuff or you hate it) but Damned's premise and environment building is one of the best I've seen in a while. On the downside Ol Chuck likes to ramble on and on and on and on.......... But generally I enjoyed the books 8ish hour run time (another benefit his books are rarely long) and I will happily begin the sequel ASAP.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,971
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,207

Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun! Things you might want to know:

  • By Alexis on 08-29-14

Cliched and predictable but still entertaining

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-17-15

First off if you have ever seen any cop show from CSI to Castle you will know how this book will go. The Sci-Fi part is a mix of Avatar, I-Robot, and Chappie yet is still one of the most interesting parts of the book. I actually wish it went into the actual beginnings of the Lock In but if you stick around after the book there is a novella that's about two hours long that goes over the history of the outbreak and the events following it. I actually enjoyed it better than the book. Would I recommend this book to a friend? Maybe as a "pallet cleanser" book (which is what this was for me). On the topic of the narrator, Wheaton is amazing as usual. I have never had an issue with his readings. Overall a cliched and predictable story but it still has enough entertainment factor that one can enjoy it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Colorado Kid

  • A Hard Case Crime Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey DeMunn
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,073
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 646
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 642

No one but Stephen King could tell this story about the darkness at the heart of the unknown and our compulsion to investigate the unexplained. With echoes of Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon and the work of Graham Greene, one of the world's great storytellers presents a surprising tale that explores the nature of mystery itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Too many reviewers seem to miss the point.

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-19-06

Not Your Usual King

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-25-15

Many people complain about this books ending, personally I liked it, it was more of how real life investigations go. The actual story is really short, but King still excels at it. The story itself isnt really creative but is still interesting. DeMunn did a decent job, not a five star performance but still ok. I havent had a chance to experience Kings other Hard Case works so hopefully Joyland is better.

  • In the Tall Grass

  • By: Stephen King, Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Stephen Lang
  • Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,066
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 967
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 973

In the Tall Grass begins with a sister and brother who pull off to the side of the road after hearing a young boy crying for help from beyond the tall grass. Within minutes they are disoriented, in deeper than seems possible, and they've lost one another. The boy's cries are more and more desperate. What follows is a terrifying, entertaining, and masterfully told tale, as only Stephen King and Joe Hill can deliver.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Irredeemably Vile. Epic Fail.

  • By Bill on 09-24-14

What Did I Just Read??!!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-25-15

Wow, just wow. I have enjoyed other Hill and King collaborations, especially considering that Hill is Kings son, and this was no exception. Short, creepy, and very well written.
This story had several WTF moments that surprised even me a veteran of Kings writing. Stephen Lang was phenomenal as usual; he has read some of Hills stuff and did well with those. My only complaint is that Lang doesnt do women very well, his voice is too gravelly. Over all it was well done and look forward to an actual novel written by these two.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Dark Tower

  • The Dark Tower VII
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 28 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,061
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,380

All good things must come to an end, Constant Listener, and not even Stephen King can write a story that goes on forever. The tale of Roland Deschain's relentless quest for the Dark Tower has, the author fears, sorely tried the patience of those who have followed it from its earliest chapters. But attend to it a while longer, if it pleases you, for this volume is the last, and often the last things are best.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing - a must have..

  • By Lori on 11-30-04

The Long Goodbye

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-15

What made the experience of listening to The Dark Tower the most enjoyable?

Finally coming to the end of a very long book series for one, second finally finding out what is at the top of the Dark Tower.

What did you like best about this story?

I love the ending, how King wraps up certain things but throws a few monkey wrenches in the rest of it.

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

I have only listened to the other Dark Tower book he has read so I have no other refernece point.

If you could rename The Dark Tower, what would you call it?

The Long Goodbye.

Any additional comments?

Many people say that the ending was awful but I found it very satisfying and worthy of the series.

  • Song of Susannah

  • The Dark Tower VI
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,651
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,685

The next-to-last novel in Stephen King's seven-volume magnum opus, Song of Susannah is a fascinating key to the unfolding mystery of the Dark Tower.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kool-Ade, Drunk.

  • By Grant on 05-29-13

A way station of sorts

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Only if they had read the previous five books otherwise the person would be very lost and confused.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love Oy, although he doesnt play a big part in this boom he still is his merry old self and remains the loyal sidekick of 'Ake.

Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

I believe he does a very good Detta Walker, he says a honky mah fah a little too well.

Did Song of Susannah inspire you to do anything?

Other then immediately pick up the next Dark Tower book nope nothing at all.

  • The Running Man

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323

The year is 2025. The Running Man is America's favorite television game show. Ben Richards is the program's latest contestant-and the Hunters' latest target in a rigged game of death.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Make sure you skip the first chapter

  • By Michael on 10-10-11

Really good but could use a little update

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-15

Would you listen to The Running Man again? Why?

Definitely, its a very interesting story but simple at its core. Nothing like the Arnold movie version.

What did you like best about this story?

Its a simple tale of survival, it propositions the questions of what would you do for your family and what would you do to survive.

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

Kenerly had a gruffness and a way with portraying the evilness of the corporations members.

Who was the most memorable character of The Running Man and why?

I think the woman from the carjacking scene. The way her characters beliefs of the government and the corporation slowly unwind and her realization that her world isn't as perfect as she thought.