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The Eyes of the Dragon
    
    
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        Stephen King
    
    


    
    
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        Bronson Pinchot
    
    


    
    Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
    1,688 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • The Eyes of the Dragon

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,295

A tale of archetypal heroes and sweeping adventures, of dragons and princes and evil wizards, here is epic fantasy as only Stephen King could envision it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By Christine on 08-25-10

Not your parent's Dark Tower

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

Reviewed: 05-24-12

Written for a preteen. Narrated for a preteen. I could not get more than 3 hours into this.
This prequel is a teriible downer for a Dark Tower listener eager for more.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Riverworld Saga, Book 1

  • By: Philip Jose Farmer
  • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 827
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 580
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 588

For explorer Richard Francis Burton, Alice Liddell Hargreaves - the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland - and the rest of humanity, death is nothing like they expected. Instead of heaven, hell, or even the black void of nothingness, all of the 36 billion people who ever lived on Earth are simultaneously resurrected on a world that has been transformed into a giant river valley.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic World

  • By T. Leed on 05-24-09

Fugetit

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

Reviewed: 12-07-11

I read this as a teenager but had no recollection other than I remember enjoying it and several of the sequels. Just goes to show kids don't know much about literature.

The concept is interesting but character development is poor. If you're a feminist- I am not- this read will repulse you. This book reminds me of Robert Heinlein's general pontification and interest in free love with women with no brains. Moreover, Mr. Farmer is likely a socialist considering his apparent opinions about human motivation.

Interestingly, Hermann Goering plays a prominent role in this book. He is important in the book I'm listening to now, THE WINDS OF WAR, of course.

I might have ventured another credit on the sequels but several reader's reviews disuaded me.

There are thousands of books, including scifi and fantasy, beter worth your time.

8 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The City & The City

  • By: China Mieville
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,797
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,311
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,316

When a murdered woman is found in the city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks to be a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlof the Extreme Crime Squad. But as he investigates, the evidence points to conspiracies far stranger and more deadly than anything he could have imagined. Borl must travel from the decaying Beszel to the only metropolis on Earth as strange as his own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A well-realized allegory on division

  • By Ryan on 10-15-11

Too slow/too fast

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

Reviewed: 10-25-11

The story started out quite slowly, built up gradually and ended too quickly. Perhaps the lack of a detailed ending is an invitation to a sequel- I'd RSVP in the negative.

The "science" aspect of the fiction is odd and inadequately explored. I never quite got the significance or origin of the coexistence of 2 cities occupying the same physical space.

Mostly this is a murder mystery with the fantasy serving only an important piece of background.

Overall an adequate listen and fairly short, so nothing lost.

John Lee is my favorite narrator and did not disappoint.

  • Hyperion

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,010
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,064

On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Shrike Awaits. Enter The Time Tombs...

  • By Michael on 10-13-12

Try Peter Hmilton's Dreaming Void series instead

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-09

This is a collection of short stories which are interesting in isolation but put together seem pointless. The ending proves beyond any doubt this is actually one very long book broken up to maximize profits. The futuristic technology description is inconsistent and unbelievable.

I am not a fan of the ensemble cast method of narrating books and this read reinforces my opinion. This would have been a much more enjoyable listen if it had been narrated by one competent professional. Allyson Johnson is simply awful. Her character is the most powerful of the lot but Ms. Johnson's rendition is so weak as to make the character into a misguided teenager.

I've just started the sequel and will likely finish the series, but I do a lot of driving and my time in the car is free.

If you value your time and money (I purchased this book with audible's 3 for 2 offer) buy Peter Hamilton's Dreaming Void series instead.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

The Girl Who Played with Fire Part 1
    The Millennium Series, Book 2
    
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        Stieg Larsson,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
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        Simon Vance
    
    


    
    Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
    3,211 ratings
    Overall 4.6
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire Part 1

  • The Millennium Series, Book 2
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,211
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listening!

  • By Curatina on 08-09-09

good story, excellent narrator

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-09

Not quite as enjoyable a story as "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo". The character development was not as in depth. The "mystery" was not as mysterious. Simon Vance performs well with the right amount of acting and excellent voice modulation to separate out the various characters.

  • The Three Musketeers

  • By: Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 23 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,783
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,796

Mixing a bit of seventeenth-century French history with a great deal of invention, Alexandre Dumas tells the tale of young D'Artagnan and his musketeer comrades, Porthos, Athos, and Aramis. Together they fight to foil the schemes of the brilliant, dangerous Cardinal Richelieu, who pretends to support the king while plotting to advance his own power. Bursting with swirling swordplay, swooning romance, and unforgettable figures.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Irresistible Romp!

  • By Gillian on 01-28-14

less than captivating

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-09

This read tended to the slow side. It ended too precipitously. It is not nearly as captivating as "The Count of Monte Christo". The narrative centered too much on the demonic antagonist rather than on the honorable protagonists. Nonetheless, it is still a worthwhile listen.

The author's account of the historical characters of the times is fascinating. One of my next listens will be a historical review of French politics of the early 1800's.

The use of the English language in the 1800's is wonderful. I wish we still talked as they did.

Mr. Lee is, as always, a superlative narrator.

4 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • First Family

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,591
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,863
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,864

Camp David, USA. A birthday party turns into a nightmare when a child is snatched after the celebrations. The first lady enlists the services of Sean King and Michelle Maxwell to bring the child home safely. But she and King share a past. Years ago he saved her then-senator husband from political disaster. And this may not be all that passed between them. With Michelle still battling her own demons, the two are pushed to the limit, with forces aligned on all sides against them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding as always

  • By Kindle Customer on 04-24-09

fair

Overall
out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-24-09

Not spellbinder- reasonably entertaining. Narrator good.

  • The Count of Monte Cristo

  • By: Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 46 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,333
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,379

Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A true Time-machine

  • By Ramon on 12-27-10

The best by the best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-29-09

Most enjoyable read ever, at least partly due to Mr. Lee's narration.

Needful Things
    The Last Castle Rock Story
    
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        Stephen King
    
    


    
    
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        Stephen King
    
    


    
    Length: 25 hrs and 11 mins
    261 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • Needful Things

  • The Last Castle Rock Story
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 25 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

A new store has opened in the town of Castle Rock, Maine. It has whatever your heart desires...if you're willing to pay the price. In this chilling novel by one of the most potent imaginations of our time, evil is on a shopping spree and out to scare you witless. Presented unabridged and read by the author.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By john z. on 10-17-08

for too long

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-30-09

This book went on forever. 95% of the book described horrible things people will do to each other when induced to do so. The 5% of the time when the main protagonists were demonstrating reasonable human qualities was not enough to make this a worthwhile listen.

This seems to be a Steven King characteristic and a reason I like him less well than other horror writers.

The narrator was fair. He had a good voice and was easy to listen to but is "acting" left something to be desired.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Divine Justice

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,490
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,492

Known by his alias, "Oliver Stone," John Carr is the most wanted man in America. With two pulls of the trigger, the men who destroyed Stone's life and kept him in the shadows were finally silenced. But his freedom comes at a steep price: The assassinations he carried out prompt the highest levels of the U.S. government to unleash a massive manhunt. Behind the scenes, master spy Macklin Hayes is playing a very personal game of cat and mouse. He, more than anyone, wants Stone dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Baldacci Does It Again

  • By poeticalbob on 11-20-08

just as good as the others

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-09

This is just as good as the other stories in the "Oliverr Stone" books.