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Mark Silverman

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  • 119
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  • 28
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  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,299

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Had so much promise

  • By Brian G on 09-01-17

Face-paced fun

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

Solid performance! About 3/4 of the way through, the story began to mimic another of his books, but the ending ties them in quite nicely for a future book. I look forward to his next installment!

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,998
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,685
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,532

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great potential, but fell short

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-03-19

Maybe King should think about retirement.

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

Not bad, not great, just ok. Think shape-shifter meets Mexican folklore, and you get the protagonist.

19 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Mr. Murder

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Jay O. Sanders
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 839
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 837

Martin Stillwater has a vivid imagination. It charms his loving wife, delights his two little daughters, and gives him all the inspiration he needs to write his highly successful mystery novels. But maybe Martin’s imagination is a bit too vivid.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Koontz!

  • By mercyjam317 on 08-25-17

Typical Koontz

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

Something to listen to when you want some company. Predictable, unrealistic, and fairly tedious at times (police interview scenes), but still not a total waste. Solid narrator.

  • The Auschwitz Escape

  • By: Joel C. Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,652
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,262

A terrible darkness has fallen upon Jacob Weisz’s beloved Germany. The Nazi regime, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, has surged to power and now hold Germany by the throat. All non-Aryans - especially Jews like Jacob and his family - are treated like dogs. When tragedy strikes during one terrible night of violence, Jacob flees and joins rebel forces working to undermine the regime. But after a raid goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself in a living nightmare - trapped in a crowded, stinking car on the train to the Auschwitz death camp.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging novel of Nazi horrors

  • By Mark on 02-26-18

Powerful story, excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 02-22-18

As a Jew, I often find it difficult to re-visit the Shoah (Holocaust), though the author handled the entire subject with respect, offering just enough realism and brutality to remind us of the atrocities, without being obscene and overdone. The narration was top notch, and powerful. Regardless of your knowledge of WW2, you will find yourself engrossed, listening for long stretches. I highly suggest this listen.

  • A Gift of Time

  • By: Jerry Merritt
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,737
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,376
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,358

When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler's glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his 10-year-old self.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smart and original

  • By J. OBrennan on 12-29-17

Stellar, thought-provoking listen!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

I love books that ponder theoretical science, and this one does it in a highly entertaining way! I'll be listening to this one again in the very past-near future :)

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Handyman

  • By: Bentley Little
  • Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,258
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,172
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,170

Daniel Martin has never forgotten his childhood encounters with Frank Watkins, the man who built his family a summer home out of cardboard and plywood. Frank's gaze was oddly confusing, as if he was attempting to discern the proper way to behave because he didn't know how to respond in a human manner. Since Frank obviously wasn't an alien, young Daniel thought maybe the man was crazy. In the end, Daniel would learn the terrifying truth about Frank Watkins. And as an adult, Daniel is about to discover there are more of them out there.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • strange narration

  • By Beantown on 11-24-18

Good, but Unnecessary Meanderings

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

Reviewed: 12-18-17

Fun story, though not creepy, scary or anything close to it by today's modern standards. Too many detailed, non-essential side stories used to build back story, which had me forwarding - something I rarely do. The ending was abrupt, and the paranormal aspects glossed over throughout, with no real answers or explanations. Overall it's a decent listen worth the credit, but I won't be revisiting any time soon.

3 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Strange Weather

  • Four Short Novels
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Joe Hill, Wil Wheaton, Kate Mulgrew, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,825
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,638
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,633

A collection of four chilling novels, ingeniously wrought gems of terror from the brilliantly imaginative number one New York Times best-selling author of The Fireman, Joe Hill.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Slow and dry

  • By Luv2Nap on 03-11-19

Too political, feminist, and PC

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

I've listened to his books for years, and have enjoyed them. But suddenly, he has taken on an overly blatant feminist, liberal tone that he forces into his stories, including this collection, making them more about liberal politics and feminist ideologies than focusing on the story itself and developing it naturally.

I listen to and read all types of books and authors in every genre because they pull me in and keep me interested. But these days, this author's stories have become far too political. feminist, and PC for me to enjoy. I'll make this one the last I purchase from this author.

As far as the narrator's go, I found it difficult to relax listening to Kate. She's normally easy to listen to, but for some reason she is almost yelling throughout the story, and everything seems to be so intense in her voice. I found myself keeping the volume on minimum. Her version of the lesbian character's voice is apparently loud and obnoxious, with a little Wisconsin thrown in.

By, Joe.

59 of 80 people found this review helpful

  • Shantaram

  • A Novel
  • By: Gregory David Roberts
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 42 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,139
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,693
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,682

Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum-security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of My Favorite Books! Great Narration!

  • By Memphis on 06-16-14

Incredible book of factual fiction!

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

Reviewed: 10-17-17

It doesn't matter to me whether it was written as fact or fiction; it's simply an incredible listen. This is literature filled with storytelling that should be purchased by you, as it's now your turn to board this train to take in the vast and sweeping landscape on a journey that will leave you too, happily exhausted. I loved it!

The narrator was absolutely wonderful, and should be highly praised for his accents and variety of unique, genuine voices. Excellent job!

  • What the Night Knows

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,949
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,934
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,945

In the late summer of a long-ago year, a killer arrived in a small city. His name was Alton Turner Blackwood, and in the space of a few months he brutally murdered four families. His savage spree ended only when he himself was killed by the last survivor of the last family, a 14-year-old boy. Half a continent away and two decades later, someone is murdering families again, re-creating in detail Blackwood’s crimes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the better Koontz books

  • By Michelle on 12-31-10

Standard Koontz Fare

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

Solid character development, good direction, though a bit slow at times with what I believe to be unnecessary forays into individual character thoughts. The book would have had the feeling of more depth if Koontz developed a certain 'entity's' origins, lile giving it a back story, explaining its own creation and existence, and its associated machinations. The ending felt rushed and a bit underwhelming.

  • The Troop

  • By: Nick Cutter
  • Narrated by: Corey Brill
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,497
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,242
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,239

Once every year, Scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a weekend camping trip - a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story around a roaring bonfre. The boys are a tight-knit crew. There’s Kent, one of the most popular kids in school; Ephraim and Max, also well-liked and easygoing; then there’s Newt the nerd and Shelley the odd duck. For the most part, they all get along and are happy to be there - which makes Scoutmaster Tim’s job a little easier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mild spoilers

  • By Jess B on 02-15-18

Well written, but what's the big deal?

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

Reviewed: 03-12-17

There wasn't anything horrific or disgusting beyond what you'd find in any other story of its morbid kind. Overall it was a good listen, but very predictable, as the recipe has been used way too many times, and offers no real fresh perspective, though the characters are developed decently. **** SPOILER STARTS HERE! --> Mad scientist creates hybrid worms that infect humans, eat the host alive, then move to the next host. Military gets involved, one survivor lives to tell the story. Good guys win. The end.