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Classic King

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Every once in a while I discover that I've missed a book by my favorite author. This is the case in From a Buick 8. Like many of Kings other books this one took me to a different place and distracted me from the news of the day, which I definitely needed!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

A celebration of Youth, Hope and Family

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-20-18

Not sure what I expected but this book was delightful. Would like to see a followup in 20 years!

AARGH! Another great read from Larry Correia!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-23-12

Any additional comments?

Sometimes my mind drifts off when I'm listening to an audiobook and I have to backtrack to hear what I missed. This never happens with the Monster Hunter International series! Lots of fast paced action and unexpected twists keeps my mind fully occupied.

Unlike some fantasy books where the characters are conflicted, Zee is different in that he's very clearly the good guy. Not just THE good guy, but A good guy too - one you'd want to have a beer with.

If you like stories where good kicks evil's butt, this is the series for you!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Hard to stop listening!

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-30-12

What made the experience of listening to Fallen the most enjoyable?

I stopped reading thrillers for awhile because the plots had become predictable (that's probably MY issue though), and took a break to read some sci-fi. I can't remember what made me download this particular book, but I'm glad I did. The book was full of twists and surprises, none of which I saw coming. None of the characters were particularly likeable, and by the end of the book it felt like I knew them.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Every character has a flaw, and the flaws are so interwoven that I never knew what to expect.

What about Shannon Cochran’s performance did you like?

At first I thought the narrator was struggling with some of the dialects, but as I got further into the book it sounded smoother. It was very easy to tell the characters apart.

Any additional comments?

Fallen isn't an especially long book, but it held my attention and made me listen a little longer than I'd intended to! This would be a great book to accompany a project like sealing the deck or wallpapering.

A delightful listen!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-28-12

Wil Wheaton is my new favorite narrator, and I'm definitely going to be downloading more John Scalzi audiobooks. Agent to the Stars is what I consider light reading; pure entertainment. Mr. Wheaton's narration adds color (and texture?) to the story, and the result was 100% fun. This audiobook would be perfect to listen to on a long drive.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

How did I miss this one?

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-18-12

Don't know what I was doing back in 1998 that made me miss this Stephen King book, but I'm rather glad to have the chance to listen to it now in 2012. Hearing King read the book was both intimate and chilling. Although the plot is supernatural (which I can't quite believe in), the characters are credible and I thoroughly enjoyed the listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Holy Crap, I listened to the whole thing!

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-12

After all the hype, I was expecting some unique plot twists. Sadly, this isn't the case. Without the mature content, the plot wouldn't be strong enough to stand on its own. And the mature content ...well, let's just say it's been done better (Anne Rice's Beauty trilogy, anyone?). It does seem to be striking a chord with readers though - it remains one the top downloads, and everyone seems to be talking about it.

8 of 13 people found this review helpful

Book Great! Narrator, not so great.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-28-09

Under the Dome was vintage Stephen King. It thrilled me much like The Stand did, way back when. But the difference between then and now is that back then, I read the book and created the character's voices in my head. Today I listen to the voices created by the narrator, and I assume a producer. The new way is easier on my eyes, but nowhere near as enjoyable when the narrator is not able to "read" women characters without making them sound like children. The character of Julia Shumway, for example, is a very strong woman. But vocally, she was portrayed as breathy, high pitched and at times she even had a lisp. It was so distracting that it almost ruined the book for me.

It can't be easy to be a narrator, especially with multiple characters like in this book...but Mr. Esparza's portrayal of women reminded me of the voice a man uses when he's mimicing his wife behind her back. I'm giving the book a 4 because the strong story line managed to outweigh the manner in which women were presented.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

Each book is better than the last!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-17-09

In Death Masks, Jim Butcher seems to have hit his stride as an author. After the first two books I wasn't sure, but I'm glad I came back. The Archive and Kincaid were interesting characters that I'd like to see more of in the future.

I rather miss James Marsters' deep manly breaths that were so frequent in the early books, but his narration in this book was top notch, especially his rendition of Father Vincent, the Italian priest. It's a good melding of author and narrator, in my opinion.

I hope book 6 is available soon!

17 of 17 people found this review helpful