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  • Thinner

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Joe Mantegna
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430

Billy Halleck commits vehicular manslaughter when his lack of attention results in the death of an old gypsy lady on the street. Overweight Halleck is a lawyer with connections, though, and he gets off with a slap on the wrist. After the trial, the victim's ancient father curses him with a single word: "thinner". Shedding weight by the week, Halleck is desperate enough for one last gamble...one that will lead him to a nightmare showdown with the forces of evil melting his flesh away.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Annoying music played throughout

  • By Jonathan on 11-04-17

A good story that's much too "thin"

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

Another tale of the supernatural made so chillingly real it's almost believable. That's what Stephen King excels at and he nailed once again in Thinner, which has all the rich detail of his major novels but the pacing of one of his incomparable short stories. Joe Mantegna delivers on all cylinders with his performance. My minor gripe is that because this was made "back in the day", it was during an era when every single chapter apparently needed some horrible intro/outro music to signify you were listening to a book...As such, the stereotypical gypsy acoustic guitar is ever present along with a jumble of random noises.

  • Eaters of the Dead

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 897
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895

The year is A.D. 922. A refined Arab courtier, representative of the powerful Caliph of Baghdad, encounters a party of Viking warriors who are journeying to the barbaric North. He is appalled by their Viking customs - the wanton sexuality of their pale, angular women, their disregard for cleanliness...their cold-blooded human sacrifices. But it is not until they reach the depths of the Northland that the courtier learns the horrifying and inescapable truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Time well spent

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-07-17

Dear god the footnotes

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

I really wanted to like this book. I love the movie John Frankenheimer made, 13th Warrior, and expected this would be at least somewhat like that. I guess in a very small way, it is. The plot roughly follows that of the movie, although the book reads more like a graduate student's thesis about the texts on which the story is based. Essentially, the book while fiction is written to appear as a nonfiction translation (?) of an ancient Arabic text. If it was just the story, that would have been enough. Simon Vance is a great narrator and brings a lot of gravitas to anything he chooses to read. But Crichton can't help but be Crichton. Since he doesn't have any computers in 900 A.D. to explain for pages upon pages about how they work, he instead includes copious footnotes that unfortunately Simon Vance has to read. Imagine how annoying that is to read then multiply times 100 when you are trying to stick with the story and get interrupted every two minutes by a page and a half of sources and footnotes. It basically takes the place of the main problem with almost every single book by Michael Crichton: At some point he has to show off how much he knows about a technical subject as if the reader either a) knows nothing about it or b) begging to be thrown off course in the middle of a story. Just go watch 13th Warrior — it's way better and takes about a third of the time to get through.

  • Battlefield Earth

  • Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi and New York Times Bestseller
  • By: L. Ron Hubbard
  • Narrated by: Josh Clark, Scott Menville, Fred Tatascorie, and others
  • Length: 47 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,358

In the year AD 3000, Earth is a barren wasteland, plundered of its natural resources by the millennium-long regime of taloned, gas-breathing, nine-foot alien conquerors from the planet Psychlo. Fewer than 35,000 humans survive in a handful of communities scattered across the face of a postapocalyptic Earth. From a desolate village in the Rocky Mountains near what once was Denver, Colorado, a courageous young man named Jonnie Goodboy Tyler embarks on a hero's journey to challenge the fearful myths of his people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pulp Sci-Fi Done Right! More Like This!

  • By Joel D Offenberg on 06-27-16

An Epic Performance

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

Battlefield Earth can be a daunting novel to Wade through, but the ride is much easier and far more entertaining with the help of the assembled cast here. Hubbard's story is presented in all of its pulpy, action packed Glory. they're very few Illusions to Scientology although you can certainly see how the last and most boring third of the book was probably lifted straight out of his megalomania. All in all a true epic of the science fiction genre and well worth the listen.

  • Congo

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,397

Deep in the African rain forest, near the legendary ruins of the Lost City of Zinj, an expedition of eight American geologists are mysteriously and brutally killed in a matter of minutes. Ten thousand miles away, Karen Ross, the Congo Project Supervisor, watches a gruesome video transmission of the aftermath: a camp destroyed, tents crushed and torn, equipment scattered in the mud alongside dead bodies - all motionless except for one moving image - a grainy, dark, man-shaped blur.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic - better the second time around

  • By hgpilot - MM on 11-28-15

Standard Crichton

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

This was interesting new territory and seemingly well researched by Michael Crichton. However it has all the flaws you would come to expect - neverending technobabble about subjects that are entirely tangential to the plot. Rather than write action, it seems Crichton would rather bring up obscure tech data just to show off how much he knows about it since it ends up having almost nothing to do with the story. Julia Whelan is a good narrator but her character work consists of really bad, hammy impressions.

  • The Lost World

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,496
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,819
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,828

It is now six years since the secret disaster at Jurassic Park, six years since the extraordinary dream of science and imagination came to a crashing end - the dinosaurs destroyed, the park dismantled, the island indefinitely closed to the public. But there are rumors that something has survived.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dodgson! We've got Dodgson here...

  • By Cage on 05-17-12

Snoozy successor

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

The Lost World was a forced and rushed sequel to Jurassic Park, and listening to the audio book it's easy to see why this doesn't stack up to the original. Primarily it's because the story is incredibly boring. There are no high stakes, there are no interesting characters and the middle of the book consists of dialogue which makes a vague reference to some scientific principle or idea and then page upon page of Crichton explaining the idea. It's basically the equivalent of having someone read Wikipedia pages to you. Scott Brick does an excellent job as always he just isn't given much to work with here.

  • Offspring

  • By: Jack Ketchum
  • Narrated by: Hannah Kane
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

The sequel to Off Season, arguably Jack Ketchum’s most famous novel about a historic family of cannibals off the coast of Maine. As suspenseful, fast-paced and intelligently written as the prequel, it was adapted into a movie of the same name.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • THE FLIES FLEW IN AND OUT

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 09-22-16

Unsatisfying second helping

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

The Offspring audio book is a little unsatisfying compared to off-season. The narrator is much better in places although the story is not quite as good nor as gory and horrific as one would expect. It is horrifying and other ways but Lacks the real punch of the first book.

  • Off Season

  • By: Jack Ketchum
  • Narrated by: Richard Davidson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 299

September. A beautiful New York editor retreats to a lonely cabin on a hill in the quiet Maine beach town of Dead River - off season - awaiting her sister and friends. Nearby, a savage human family with a taste for flesh lurks in the darkening woods, watching, waiting for the moon to rise and night to fall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Barry S. Sharpnack on 11-22-09

where is Jeffrey Demunn when you need him?

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

Jack Ketchum's first book is a beautiful blood bath but my God Richard Davidson almost runs it into the ground before really get started. His narration is wonderful but his voices for characters are completely over-the-top and ridiculous. Every one of his hardened old Mainers sounds like a drunken leprechaun pirate, others
sound like they're doing a bad impression of the Joker. His California girl is especially atrocious.

  • Carrie

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,851
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,707
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,708

An unpopular teenage girl, whose mother is a religious fanatic, is tormented and teased to the breaking point by her more popular schoolmates. She uses her hidden telekinetic powers to inflict a terrifying revenge.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Early Stephen King

  • By RueRue on 10-30-14

As read by Carrie

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

Definitely not the typical Stephen King story, although you can see many of the themes and events that would be repeated in later works. Hearing Carrie read by Sissy Spacek was a nice touch.

  • The Blessing Way

  • By: Tony Hillerman
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615

Homicide is always an abomination, but there is something exceptionally disturbing about the victim discovered in a high, lonely place: a corpse with a mouth full of sand, abandoned at a crime scene seemingly devoid of tracks or useful clues. Though it goes against his better judgment, Navajo tribal police lieutenant Joe Leaphorn cannot help but suspect the hand of a supernatural killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A 'Blessing' Indeed!

  • By Carole T. on 03-15-16

Poor quality recording

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

George Guidall is a good narrator, particularly when it comes to Western stories, but unfortunately all of his nuances and subtleties of character our loss in this very poor reproduction of the original 1990 recording. The Blessing Way was not Hillerman's best Leaphorn and Chee book, but it deserves a much better audiobook then the watered-down poor quality recording provided here.

  • Desert Solitaire

  • A Season in the Wilderness
  • By: Edward Abbey
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,202

When Desert Solitaire was first published in 1968, it became the focus of a nationwide cult. Rude and sensitive. Thought-provoking and mystical. Angry and loving. Both Abbey and this book are all of these and more. Here, the legendary author of The Monkey Wrench Gang, Abbey's Road and many other critically acclaimed books vividly captures the essence of his life during three seasons as a park ranger in southeastern Utah.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can Not Believe I Have Never Read This Book....

  • By Kindle Customer on 06-20-15

Classic Abbey

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

Reviewed: 04-30-18

The book that became synonomous with naturalism, citizen science, the West and Abbey himself is delivered in faithful, fine style as exected from Michael Kramer.