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  • Collected Short Stories

  • By: H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by: Brian Kelly, Dale Condon, Shane Hannigan, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35

This work contains the collected short stories of H.P Lovecraft: "The Festival", "He", "Cool Air", "In the Vault", "Pickman's Model", "The Nameless City", "The Alchemist", "The Very Old Folk", "Rats in the Walls", "From Beyond", "The Hound", "The Strange High House in the Mist", "The Unnamable - Hypnos", "The Quest of Iranon", "The Temple", "The Moon Bog", "The Evil Clergyman", "The Horror at Martin's Beach", "The Silver Key", "The Transition of Juan Romero", "The Other Gods", "The Outsider".

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bad Readers, Interesting stories

  • By Trent Edwards on 09-07-18

Some readers are rough

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

Reviewed: 03-31-19

Many of the narrators are great but at least one guy has a thick accent which isn't a problem by itself, but the sounds like he is recording with his head in a box. It's so muffled

  • Speak Memory

  • An Autobiography Revisited
  • By: Vladimir Nabokov
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 293

Speak, Memory, first published in 1951 as Conclusive Evidence and then assiduously revised in 1966, is an elegant and rich evocation of Nabokov’s life and times, even as it offers incisive insights into his major works, including Lolita, Pnin, Despair, The Gift, The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, and The Luhzin Defense.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous lines!

  • By Chrissie on 08-14-13

Great story, awful narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-30-17

Stefan Rudnicki reads several Nabokov works and makes them all hard. Nabokov's life is a tale to hear. His description of his grapheme-color synesthesia is something undefinable. Every reader of Nabokov should hear it.

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  • Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits

  • By: David Wong
  • Narrated by: Christy Romano
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,921
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,914

In a prosperous yet gruesomely violent near future, superhero vigilantes battle thugs whose heads are full of supervillain fantasies. The peace is kept by a team of smooth, well-dressed negotiators called The Men in Fancy Suits. Meanwhile a young girl is caught in the middle and thinks the whole thing is ridiculous. Zoey, a recent college graduate with a worthless degree, makes a reluctant trip into the city after hearing that her estranged con artist father died in a mysterious yet spectacular way.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Insufferable characters and disjointed themes

  • By BadAndy on 04-10-17

Wong does it again

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

Reviewed: 03-15-17

While not the comedy equal of John Dies at the End, this book tells a fantastic story.

  • The History of the United States, 2nd Edition

  • By: The Great Courses, Allen C. Guelzo, Gary W. Gallagher, and others
  • Narrated by: Allen C. Guelzo, Gary W. Gallagher, Patrick N. Allitt
  • Length: 43 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,936
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,915

This comprehensive series of 84 lectures features three award-winning historians sharing their insights into this nation's past-from the European settlement and the Revolutionary War through the Civil War, 19th-century industrialization, two world wars, and the present day. These lectures give you the opportunity to grasp the different aspects of our past that combine to make us distinctly American, and to gain the knowledge so essential to recognizing not only what makes this country such a noteworthy part of world history, but the varying degrees to which it has lived up to its ideals.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Had its Ups and Downs

  • By Tommy D'Angelo on 10-01-16

Good but a little of date

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

Reviewed: 12-22-16

Good history of the United States. Major complaint is that it's nearly a decade out of date. I'm not referring to not noting recent events that I would expect. But the lectures claim things like it is unknown who "Deep Throat" was. But in 2005 Woodward revealed it was William Felt SR.

Other than little things like that it's good.

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  • Needful Things

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 25 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,951
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,946

Leland Gaunt opens a new shop in Castle Rock called Needful Things. Anyone who enters his store finds the object of his or her lifelong dreams and desires: a prized baseball card, a healing amulet. In addition to a token payment, Gaunt requests that each person perform a little "deed", usually a seemingly innocent prank played on someone else from town. These practical jokes cascade out of control, and soon the entire town is doing battle with itself. Only Sheriff Alan Pangborn suspects that Gaunt is behind the population's increasingly violent behavior.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fine production

  • By Christopher Bishop on 06-09-17

Great Story, Decent Narration

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

Reviewed: 10-12-16

Would you listen to Needful Things again? Why?

Yes. The story of Needful Things is fantastic playing with ideas of what people want and what they are willing to pay for it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Needful Things?

There is a showdown between two character early on in the novel that sets the stage for the rest of the book. It is so viscerally entertaining.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes. The narrator is Stephen King himself so I would be worried if he couldn't pace his own story. My only complaint is that King is a writer not an actor. Many of his voices overlap slightly but he definitely gets the emotion across.

Who was the most memorable character of Needful Things and why?

Leland Gaunt, the antagonist is an incredible character. As the sly trickster, he will probably be one of my favorite characters ever.

  • Where the Right Went Wrong

  • How Neoconservatives Hijacked the Bush Presidency
  • By: Patrick J. Buchanan
  • Narrated by: Patrick J. Buchanan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

American Empire is at its apex. We are the sole superpower, with no potential challenger for a generation. We can reach any point on the globe with our cruise missiles and smart bombs, and our culture penetrates every nook and cranny of the global village. Yet our beloved America is now reviled abroad, dictated to by arrogant judges at home, overrun by special interests, and buried beneath a mountain of debt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow what a read!!

  • By Stephen on 09-21-04

Starts off great

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

Reviewed: 09-16-16

The book starts off making a great argument against the Neo-Cons. But it quickly descends into trying to attack the Executive and Judicial branches of government. Buchanan even attacks SCOTUS decisions like Brown v. Board of Education. By the end of the book Buchanan drops to the point of simply attacking any policy or government action that isn't extremely libertarian and anarcho-capitalist

  • The Exile

  • By: Allan Folsom
  • Narrated by: Erik Singer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

The Los Angeles Police Department's famed 5-2 squad boards a commuter train in an attempt to take a cold-blooded killer into custody. John Barron, the newest and youngest member of the elite LAPD unit, learns quickly that the 5-2 has their own deadly system of justice, and that even the slightest protest will result in his suffering the same swift fate. Thus begins a dark, explosive struggle between good and evil, pitting Barron's squad against an exceedingly imaginative and brutal killer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good concept, hampered by coincidence

  • By Nick on 02-25-16

Good concept, hampered by coincidence

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

Reviewed: 02-25-16

I enjoyed the over all story of The Exile, but bring abridged did cause some issues. Some parts seemed to be slightly jumpy. But for me the number one issue was the suspension of disbelief that makes this kind of novel fun, jumps the shark with unneeded coincidences

  • The Serpent of Venice

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,258

Venice, a really long time ago: Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy from Britain who also happens to be a favorite of the Doge: The rascal-Fool Pocket. This trio of cunning plotters have lured Pocket to a dark dungeon, promising a spirited evening. Their invitation is, of course, bogus. These scoundrels have something far less amusing planned for the man who has consistently foiled their quest for power and wealth. But this Fool is no fool.…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Shakespear, E.A. Poe, and Pocket the Fool

  • By Sires on 05-11-14

Smashing Sequel

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

Reviewed: 02-21-16

After enjoying the tale of Pocket in Fool, The Serpent of Venice masterfully kept me enthralled with the wit of the fool. A tale of conspiracy and treachery, this book is great. Euan Morton kills it again bring the multitude of characters to life

  • Fool

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,561
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,584

Pocket has been Lear's cherished fool for years. So naturally Pocket is at his brainless, elderly liege's side when Lear demands that his kids swear to him their undying love and devotion. Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose Dad. But Cordelia believes that her father's request is kind of...well...stupid, and her blunt honesty ends up costing her her rightful share of the kingdom and earns her a banishment to boot.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mr Moore does it again.

  • By Michael on 02-17-09

A Great Romp

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

Reviewed: 02-19-16

Couldn't put it down. A great re-imagining of a Shakespearean tragedy mixing several different stories under the plot of King Lear

  • A Dirty Job

  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Fisher Stevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,498
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,350
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,353

People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen!

  • By Janie on 03-24-06

Another great story by Christopher Moore.

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

Reviewed: 07-12-15

Fisher Stevens brings this dark and comedic tale to life. A great story that is thrilling to the end, and always funny. With a few overlapping details from Blood Sucking Fiends, A Dirty Job is perfect to start Christopher Moore, or continue enjoyment of his storytelling.