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  • Locke & Key

  • By: Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez
  • Narrated by: Haley Joel Osment, Tatiana Maslany, Kate Mulgrew, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,802
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,354
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,340

Based on the best-selling, award-winning graphic novel series Locke & Key - written by acclaimed suspense novelist Joe Hill ( NOS4A2, Horns) and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez - this multicast, fully dramatized audio production brings the images and words to life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • don't waste your time/money

  • By Kyle Warren on 01-23-19

Perfect example of a bad audio drama. Dissapointed

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

Reviewed: 08-29-16

What disappointed you about Locke & Key?

Annoying over acting. Very annoying 6 year old boy who talks like an adult. Long music passages which seem to be there just to take up time. Yelling and screaming all of the time. Long passages of just sound effects and you cannot tell what is going on. I dont care but some may find the over use of profanity objectionable. Narrator sounds like out of old time radio. This is the worst audio drama audiobook I have ever listened to in in over 40 years.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Make it into a narrative book or find a different production company.

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

Absolutely NOT!!!

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Joe Hill, Stephen Kings son does have some really great audiobooks. So sad to see his name on this one.

Any additional comments?

I have been an avid audio book listener since the 80"s. I have listen to over 3000 audio books. The storyline is fantasy and good but the audio drama production just ruined this audiobook, it is so bad. If you want a classic well done Audio drama listen to The Mist in 3D sound by Steven King or any of the Jack Flanders series especially Moon Over Morocco but really forget this one. I am sure this was a learning experience for Joe and also an embarrassment to him compared to his other great works,sorry Joe. I am so grateful I did not waste a credit on this book and got it on a $2.95 sale. Even that was to much to pay. I would like my money back for this purchase. So annoying to listen to.

7 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Presence

  • Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges
  • By: Amy Cuddy
  • Narrated by: Amy Cuddy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,299

Brilliantly researched, impassioned, and accessible, Presence is filled with stories of individuals who learned how to flourish during the stressful moments that once terrified them. Every listener will learn how to approach their biggest challenges with confidence instead of dread, and to leave them with satisfaction instead of regret.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Watch the TED Talk

  • By A. Yoshida on 07-10-16

Oh please don't ding me on this one Karma

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

Reviewed: 01-05-16

What did you like about this audiobook?

Honestly not much.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

Zero.

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

Not at all. Actually the presentation became annoying.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

I think she sounded to young to be taken seriously. I believe she should have hired a pro narrator who sounded more mature.

Do you have any additional comments?

I do not intentionally mean to discredit the authors work. I am sure she worked hard at what she had completed and is proud of that as she should be. Many will never accomplish such a feat.

I am just expressing my view to give equal and fair review for others who may be interested in giving this book a listen.

I was swayed to obtain this audio mainly due to the prior reviews of this book being a life changing listen. Well I did not find it to be even close.

The entirety of the book is just quotes, stories, study after study and experiment reports, all of which are common sense with catchy headlines (eg. No Brain No Pain - in this study we find out how putting your finger in a fire causes pain).

This is in no way considered to be a self help book as the title suggests due to the fact that there is no information given to the listener on what to do. All the listener gets to do is listen to a story, study or results from a experiment but no instruction on how to overcome the issue being talked about.

If you want to spend well worth time on a story where someone fails watch the movie "Falling Down". If you want to spend well worth time on a movie where someone succeeds watch the movie "In Pursuit of Happiness"

I honestly got tired, frustrated and somewhat angered halfway through the book constantly hearing "In this study", but I stuck it out to the end hoping it would change, it did not.

Kindly saying, the author seems to me to be no more than a researcher who put all of her finding in one book but the author herself does not seem to have any ability to lend the listener a way to overcome obstacles. I do not know of the author nor do I care to find out. I just know I invested my time in expectancy of getting much more out of my investment of time than I did.
The book does not show me any ability or talent that the author might have other than being educated in compiling others peoples work and creating a book out of it. Sorry but I am being honest.

I am giving an overall 1 star due to I did not like the material and I feel the title is deceiving.

The material is also somewhat insulting to the listener, like nobody has not heard such common sense material a million times before and you do not even need to have heard it before, It is just common sense.

25 of 56 people found this review helpful

  • The Borrowed World

  • A Novel of Post-Apocalyptic Collapse, Volume 1
  • By: Franklin Horton
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,298

In a night of devastating terror, ISIS operatives have unleashed a coordinated attack on America's infrastructure. With thousands of trapped travelers and scarce law enforcement, the miles between Jim Powell and his family become a brutal gauntlet where the rules of civilized society no longer apply. As Jim puts his years of preparation and planning to the test, he is forced to ask himself if he has what it takes to make it home. Does he have the strength - the brutality - required to meet this new world toe-to-toe?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Close and personal story of the apocalypse

  • By Kingsley on 07-25-15

Kept me entertained all the way through.

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

Reviewed: 07-15-15

This story is easy to relate to which makes it engaging and entertaining. Looked forward to every chapter. Narration also well done. Can't wait for book 2!

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Tomorrow War

  • The Chronicles of Max [Redacted], Book 1
  • By: J. L. Bourne
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder, Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,616
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,456
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,455

In the not-too-distant future, during an unacknowledged mission inside the Syrian border, a government operative unwittingly triggers an incredible event that alters the course of society. A terrible weapon has been unleashed - a weapon that, left to run its course, will destroy the moral fabric of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ready for Book 2! Excellent story as always!

  • By Jason on 07-22-15

So glad I gave this a try

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

Reviewed: 07-07-15

I was a little skeptical about this story being just another post apocalyptic government gone rouge story but so pleasantly surprised to find how well it was written and delivered. Hope a continuation is in the works!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

  • A Novel
  • By: Robin Sloan
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,590
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,774
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,755

The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A light, fun, easy listen

  • By january on 11-04-12

Very enjoyable story. Great narration.

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

Reviewed: 07-04-15

A story of mystery for the young and old. From the depths of time to present day technology, this story keeps you immersed in a world of the imagination.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wormwood

  • By: Micah Ackerman
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 288

Nate Wilder suffers from panic attacks triggered by news reports of world catastrophes even when, rationally, the events should not affect him. Nate becomes a prepper to help him cope with the anxiety, stocking a makeshift shelter. So when nuclear disaster actually strikes home, Nate must employ truly heroic courage or fold to his fears. But in the aftermath of the bombs, it quickly becomes apparent that surviving the attack is just the beginning - there is far worse yet to come.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Just Shoot Me

  • By 3AM Mom on 03-10-16

Gripping tale!

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

Reviewed: 06-27-15

Very good story and narration. This is not the end. Hope book 2 will be out soon.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Defiant: Grid Down

  • By: John W. Vance
  • Narrated by: Joseph Morton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 653
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 602
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 600

When Nicholas McNeil, a father and dedicated husband, turned out the lights in his suburban home Sunday night, they would never turn on again. During the early Monday morning hours, a spectacular and well-coordinated attack destroys the grid and brings the United States to its knees.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A better SHTF novel.

  • By Corey J. Polesel on 05-09-15

Worth the listen!

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

Reviewed: 06-24-15

This is a good story and good narration! Looking forward to book 2!

Recommend NOT to get the "Death" series due to awful narration.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Death

  • A Post Apocalyptic Novel
  • By: John W. Vance
  • Narrated by: Guy Williams
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 338

The Death will find you... Devin Chase was just living his life, when the world changed in an instant. In the matter of a week a deadly virus known as The Death ravages the world killing over 90% of those infected. After six months in a self-imposed quarantine, he emerges into a new world. As he travels, he discovers others like him who are immune, but he also discovers that the world he knew is gone. It has been replaced with a savage and brutal one where the only rule is kill or be killed.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Unintentionally hilarious!

  • By Steve Welch on 06-18-15

Narration just awful!

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

Reviewed: 06-24-15

I have listened to "Defiant-grid down" by Vance and it is a good story and good narration, looking forward to book 2 of that series. This novel "The Death" is an as expected post apocalyptic story but the narration is horrible! It got me angry listening to how the narrator totally missed the mark on how to portray proper emotion. So much over emphasis made the characters child-like. It was like he was reading to a kindergarten class. I disliked the narration so much I have no interest to listen to book 2, even if it was free. Sorry John but Guy Williams is not the narrator for your work, he killed this series for me. To bad, could have been good.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,350
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,301

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

14, The Fold - I hope there's going to be more!

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

Reviewed: 06-20-15

Strong recommendation!: Start with the novel "14" first! The Fold has references to 14, without listening to 14 first much depth is lost. Both 14 and The Fold are outstanding novels. Really enjoyed both and hoping there will be a third on the way!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Finders Keepers

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,883
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,092

A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far - a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes. "Wake up, genius." So begins King's instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn't published a book for decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars for Will Patton reading Stephen King

  • By PlantCrone on 06-21-16

I'm loosing sleep!

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

Reviewed: 06-18-15

Another great King creation! Perfect tie in with the Mercedes Killer. Looking forward to #3!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful