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  • Abarat, Book 1

  • By: Clive Barker
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 529
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340

It begins in the most boring place in the world: Chickentown, U.S.A. There lives Candy Quackenbush, her heart bursting for some clue as to what her future might hold. When the answer comes, it's not one she expects. Out of nowhere comes a wave, and Candy, led by a man called John Mischief (whose brothers live on the horns on his head), leaps into the surging waters and is carried away.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Weird for the sake of weirdity...

  • By Paul on 09-19-08

Incredible story, but the audio...

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

Reviewed: 10-26-17

This is an amazing story that can not be matched in its uniqueness. I'd highly HIGHLY recommend the physical book as a counterpart, as Clive Barker did paintings of many of the characters, and places.
The audio is bad. Mostly it sounds like it was recorded with a 1970s grade school tape recorder, and then left next to a furnace. The sound quality changes from chapter to chapter, and the narrator isn't all THAT great at differentiating character voices, with a couple exceptions. (yes, as a matter of fact i COULD do it better)

The story is so good though, it's worth the sandpapery delivery. This is a real gem.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • It

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 44 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,508
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,529

Welcome to Derry, Maine. It's a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real. They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made 28 years ago calls them to reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city's children.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Audiobook! Editing Clarification

  • By jeverett on 10-06-17

Wow....it's amazing!

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

Reviewed: 08-28-17

Would you consider the audio edition of It to be better than the print version?

Yes. The audio was easier to follow, and I tend to retain more with my ears.

Any additional comments?

It is going to be seen as a great american novel. The story line weaves and ties. There are no words that I can use that will give this justice.
Stephen Weber is an absolutely amazing narrator. He brings the emotion, divides the different voices, and somehow makes the pacing more intense when it's needed. This might be my favorite audiobook to date.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 210,515
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 196,551
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196,139

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

Holy Crap!

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

Reviewed: 05-03-17

Would you listen to Ready Player One again? Why?

I've listened a few times. It's really gripping, and very charming. Wil Wheaton knocks it out of the park. He doesn't do character voice differences that well, but his acting really comes into play. Excellent performance!
This book is amazing, and I look forward to reading it again....and again...

  • Ender's Game

  • Special 20th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,473

Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Enderverse

  • By Joe on 06-13-05

Far better than expected! and I expected good!

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

Reviewed: 07-08-16

Where does Ender's Game rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This one blew me away. I listened to it at work, at the gym, in the car, while jogging, in the bathroom. Couldn't get it out of my ears.

  • Practical Magic

  • By: Alice Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,120
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,918
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,911

When the beautiful and precocious sisters Sally and Gillian Owens are orphaned at a young age, they are taken to a small Massachusetts town to be raised by their eccentric aunts, who happen to dwell in the darkest, eeriest house in town. As they become more aware of their aunts' mysterious and sometimes frightening powers - and as their own powers begin to surface - the sisters grow determined to escape their strange upbringing by blending into "normal" society.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't expext the movie story!

  • By JEAN9 on 09-25-14

meh

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

Reviewed: 07-08-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I made the mistake of seeing the movie before reading the book. I wanted a longer version of the movie, and got something that didn't have anything of what drew me to the movie to begin with.
It would have been better to read this first, but even then....

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Swan Song

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 34 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,782
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,017
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,052

Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply an Amazing Story

  • By Amanda H. on 06-21-12

Long....but soooooo worth it. Get. this. book.

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

Reviewed: 07-08-16

If you could sum up Swan Song in three words, what would they be?

Epic, dynamic, dark

What was one of the most memorable moments of Swan Song?

what, do you think I'm going to ruin this story for people?

Any additional comments?

This book seemed daunting, because the listen time is something like 3 months. (ok, not THAT long, but long) I was told that it's worth it, and the payoff is amazing. This is one of the best stories I've read in a long time.

  • The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

  • Stories
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King, Dylan Baker, Brooke Bloom, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,746
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,737

A master storyteller at his best - the O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King delivers a generous collection of stories, several of them brand-new, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story. Magnificent, eerie, utterly compelling, these stories comprise one of King's finest gifts to his constant fan. "I made them especially for you," says King. "Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HE'S A CUP OF COFFEE

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 12-10-15

Stephen King shines again with short stories!

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

Reviewed: 05-18-16

Would you listen to The Bazaar of Bad Dreams again? Why?

Yes! It was dynamic, and there were many many stories in there.

What did you like best about this story?

The variation. One of them is a comedy!!!!! and it's excellent!

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

They were ALL good, and they all fit.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Want to see a bunch of unrelated stories over the course of 19 hours? No? me neither.

Any additional comments?

IT's a good Stephen King

  • Certain Dark Things

  • By: M.J. Pack
  • Narrated by: Jacob York
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 512
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 468

In her debut short story collection, M.J. Pack offers up a new breed of terror sure to delight any true horror fan. Don’t miss out on tales of telepathic twins, a campfire ghost story gone terribly wrong, pills that induce life-threatening nightmares, and the disturbing new sideshow at Coney Island: Lady Alligator. Take a haunting trip down infamous Bubblehead Road and follow Danny around the country as he’s pursued by unseen (and unrelenting) creatures.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • COUPLE, LOOKOUT POINT, HOOK IN DOOR

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 03-30-16

Feels like an early Stephen King

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

Reviewed: 05-18-16

What made the experience of listening to Certain Dark Things the most enjoyable?

The voice work seemed to fit the subject matter perfectly.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Certain Dark Things?

I can't give the story away! Better to go in dark!

What about Jacob York’s performance did you like?

He had a smooth voice, and changed it just enough to pull off different characters. He's good with mild accents.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yeah, but it's way too long for that.

Any additional comments?

It's a good one!

The Tommyknockers audiobook cover art
  • The Tommyknockers

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Edward Hermann
  • Length: 27 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,771
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,399
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,410

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

Far better than expected

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

Reviewed: 01-19-16

What made the experience of listening to The Tommyknockers the most enjoyable?

The pacing was well done, and the narrator really captures the emotions of the moment.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Tommyknockers?

The tentacles. once you read it, you'll know what I'm talking about.

Any additional comments?

Overall it's well done, and manages to keep the listener involved. I loved it!

  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,287

The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Read, Throughly Enjoyable!

  • By WickedGoodYarn on 03-11-12

For a classic, it's AMAZING!

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

Reviewed: 12-01-15

Would you listen to Dracula [Audible Edition] again? Why?

yeah, it's timeless.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

It was a full cast of people, all reading from their individual journal entries. And some amazing actors to boot!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Any time someone brought out the brandy.

Any additional comments?

As far as a rendition of Dracula goes, this is EASILY the best I've ever heard. There was another listener's review who said that it was so amazing that once it was over she felt like applauding.
...i totally agree.