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  • The Time It Never Rained

  • By: Elmer Kelton
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370

For decades, Charlie Flagg has eked out a living by raising cattle and sheep on his modest Texas ranch. Hardworking and old-fashioned, he distrusts federal programs that claim to help struggling farmers and ranchers. But as rainless years continue and others sell their souls for federal handouts, Charlie finds himself under increasing pressure to compromise his principles - and surrender his freedom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of best audio books I've ever read

  • By NEIL SCHMITT on 10-16-09

Rich

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

Reviewed: 10-12-17

This novel has rich characters and elegantly drawn landscapes. Enjoyed every minute of this novel. George Guidall is brilliant as always.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Golem and the Jinni

  • A Novel
  • By: Helene Wecker
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,263

Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!

  • By Tango on 04-26-13

Best book I have read in 20 years

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

Reviewed: 04-07-17

Get this book now, just go ahead and buy it. This book is a true work of literature, it stands with some of my favorite novels of all time, Catch-22, Watership Down, Lonesome Dove, Life of Pi, and most especially The Alchemist. You will not be disappointed by this novel, the prose is perfect, the narration by George Guidall is magnificent, the story is rich and moving. Trust me, buy this book!

  • The Bear and the Nightingale

  • A Novel
  • By: Katherine Arden
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,926

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year, and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn't mind - she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse's fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was swept away

  • By Crystal Midkiff on 02-04-17

An Impoverished Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 04-07-17

What makes good scifi / fantasy is its resonance. You can have dragons, aliens, mermaids, wizards, magic, but all of those fantastical elements should call to our world in some way. Monsters are real. This is why Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Song of Ice & Fire all work is because we recognize the truth underneath the magical. The Bear and the Nightingale lacks resonance because there doesn't seem to be anything real within the story. The monster is ill defined, the hero lacks cohesion, all characters seem to lack motivation.

What is so frustrating is that there is a really great book in here somewhere. I want to read about Russian folklore. I want to read about what life was like for a village in Northern Russia during winter.

I really wanted to like this book, I'm only about one hour from finishing, and I'm not sure I'll actually take the time.

42 of 51 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 201,069
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 187,758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187,353

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Select START

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

Reviewed: 02-21-12

This book is a nostalgia-tastic. As a child of the 80's I found myself smiling every few pages as another 80's pop-reference brought fresh memories. I'm sure most of the reviews will dwell on this aspect of the novel, and rightly so because this is the heart and soul of this novel. If you grew up in the 80's you will LOVE this book. I can't name the number of times I was taken out of the book and into my own childhood with a reference to some game or music I had forgotten about. So the question is will someone who wasn't a kid in the 80's care about this book? Hmmm..... That's a hard one.

Cline does a good job building the world for his character, and the first 1/3 of the novel is rock solid, the second act stalls a little, and the third act... ehhhh.. Well its not bad, it just doesn't live up to the promise from the first part of the book. If I had to lay a fault on the second and third act it would be the way the outlying characters in the book fall away leaving the protagonist a solo adventurer. The book is at its strongest when the characters are experiencing the virtual world together, and there are several moments in the book I believe would have been stronger with the inclusion of the supporting characters.

Having said that I highly recommend this book. It's filled with that whimsical sense of adventure so many movies from the 80's had, but seems to have been lost by this current generation of storytellers. It has all the classic tropes, antagonists can be both scary and ridiculous at the same time, heroes can pursue victory for noble intentions, and most of all, Pizza Parlors were magical places of games, food, and friends.

Will Weaton does a great job as the narrator, its always great to find a book and a narrator match up perfectly.

  • The Tommyknockers

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Edward Hermann
  • Length: 27 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,758
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,387
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,398

Bobbi Anderson and the other good folks of Haven, Maine, have sold their souls to reap the rewards of the most deadly evil this side of Hell.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The old Stephen King

  • By GSB-Montana on 05-30-10

Late last night...

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

Reviewed: 01-26-12

This is not King at his best, but even King at his worst is better than 95% of the stuff out there. As a horror story I would rank it fair, as a morality tale with some aliens I would rank it great. The story takes its time building, and the use of metaphor is pretty heavy handed, but I did enjoy it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Clash of Kings

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 37 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,886
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,625
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 50,565

A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm hooked, but narration...

  • By Peter on 04-02-13

Everything is falling apart...

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

Reviewed: 01-26-12

Up through book 3 this series is amazing. The hours flew by when listening to Game of Thrones, Clash of Kings, and Storm of Swords. I will give an overall review for all three books. The characters are well formed, the story is phenomenal, and the voice acting is superb. If I have any gripes, it has nothing to do with the first three books... now be warned that quality is not maintained in the last two books that have been released. If you are a Wheel of Time veteran like me you will groan at seeing history repeat itself. What is a non-stop thrill ride in the first three books slows to a crawl in the last two. Does that mean you shouldn't read / listen to the first three? I don't know, you make the call. I for one am glad I've experienced Game of Thrones, its a wonderful ride for a couple thousand pages, wouldn't have missed it, just wished it could have been maintained.

  • Catching Fire

  • Hunger Games, Book 2
  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,317

Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dissent Rules

  • By FanB14 on 07-06-12

Boring...

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

Reviewed: 01-10-12

With a despotic state impoverishing everyone and using children as canon fodder for entertainment the biggest question in this book seems to be which of the two boys the airhead narrator really loves. The story would be less than 75 pages if you lifted the idiotic drivel from it. My how I loathed the endless pages spent on shallow teenage-angst. I guess there is a huge audience for this book, I was not it. When the novel does get down to the actual fight for survival its not too bad, yet I still found the action to be a strange mixture of brutal and Saturday morning cartoon sanitized.

My general rule for the suspension of disbelief is if you start asking questions the author has lost. The characters do not act consistently (in my mind) with their circumstances. Very frustrating read, and I found myself questioning the characters actions again and again.

Another gripe was the mature yet juvenile content of the book. This is a "young adult" book, and it reads like one, yet some of the subject matter is questionable. I don't have a problem with mature material, I am a huge fan of Stephen King novels. After a brush with death, and the brutal experience of the arena from The Hunger Games would these characters be adult enough to sleep with each other? Yes, I would say they probably would. I think Collins realizes this as well, and soft pedals it into a flirtatious set of encounters with ambiguous results. Its like she doesn't know how far to go with a story that is obviously brutal and mature in scope, but which she intends for a tween / teen audience.

Hate to be so harsh on what is a very promising idea. I know much of the premise for this series was lifted from The Long Walk and The Running Man, but Collins did a huge expanse into that particular line of thought I found interesting. I would like to see what she (or another author) would have done with this idea minus the infusion of Twilight love triangles.

8 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48,286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,858
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,769

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Owe Stephen King An Apology

  • By Kelly on 04-16-12

Engaging

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

Reviewed: 12-19-11

King's 11-23-63 is more heart than horror. He's done love story's in his novels before, but never made one the cohesive center of the book. The novel moves well until the end of the 2nd act, where you can tell King didn't quite want to put his character into the middle of the very emotionally harsh 3rd act that was to come.

Great story, great voice acting from Wasson. You won't be disappointed.