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  • And Then There Were None

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,527
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,506

Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious "U.N. Owen". At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead. Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted by a nursery rhyme counting down one by one...one by one they begin to die. Who among them is the killer? And will any of them survive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dan Stevens is genius

  • By Markie Ross on 09-17-15

Ten... nine... eight...

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

And Then There Were None was one of the first books that I ever called my favorite. I had first read this book when I was in eighth grade because I was looking for a good light mystery, however, I was blessed with a tantalizing story plot that had me playing Sherlock Holmes for the culprit. However, it all was proven futile with the plot twist at the end. I love the way that the ending of the book and how we were left guessing until the very end. When I first started my listening experience, I had decided to only listen to books that I’d already read before, so of course, I chose And Then There Were None as one of my first titles, especially because it was only six hours compared to some others. However, just like the novel, I wish it was longer.

The narration for the book is by Dan Stevens, who I learned, narrates a lot of Agatha Christie’s work and with good reason! He’s perfect for her stories. His accent and low tone sets the scenes for this cozy mystery. His character switches are so smooth and effortless that it’s easy to forget that this is just one talented man. Dan Stevens gave this book more character and mystery through his rendition and enhances the listening experience. If I could rate this book over 5 stars, I would easily, because it’s so interesting.

  • Carrie

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,854
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,855

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of Stephen Kings books, and to think he a

  • By Angelia Chisolm on 09-26-12

Carrie is better than ever!

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

As a huge Stephen King fan, I have come to realize that he can literally do no wrong when it comes to literature to me. Carrie by Stephen King is one of his best novels, not better than It, but one of his best nonetheless. Carrie is the story of a socially isolated high school Senior, who learns that she has the ability to move objects with her mind, telekinesis. I grew up watching the movie Carrie and loved everything about the story. Imagine how ecstatic I was when I learned that Sissy Spacek was narrating Carrie for Audible. However the story of Carrie White is tragic and terrifying. The build-up to the breakdown of poor Carrie will make anyone sympathize with her. King is also a mastermind of creating a detailed character profile. From her home life, private thoughts, school life, and newfound abilities, Carrie was bound to snap. King really is a master at background development. Carrie was never normal, but she wasn’t pre-destined for her ending.

Sissy Spacek is a true talent to ever bless our television and now our ears in this reading of Carrie. If you’re unaware, Sissy plays Carrie in the 1976 movie version. For some reason, in the beginning, I always have doubts that nothing can compare to the film, book or narration, and I am always proved absolutely incorrect by the first five minutes of listening. I love Sissy in the movie, so I was very intrigued how she would portray all of the other characters. Of course, Sissy slays because she is a seasoned talent that has great range to make this narration as great and as classic as the movie. At this point, I could listen or watch Carrie and it would make no difference to me. Both are too spectacular to be compared!

  • Neverwhere

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,905
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,892

Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and Richard has become one of them. And he must learn to survive in this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vivid, imaginative.

  • By Joseph on 10-29-09

I dare you to look at the Underground the same!

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

My listening journey for Neverwhere began as a mandatory pre-reading from my professor right before I left for London for a semester of study abroad. At first, I was just going to buy the paperback version of the book, however, I realized that this would be a perfect opportunity to kill some time while at the airport and plane ride to London and boy, was I right about that! The nine hour flight meant nothing because Neil Gaiman had already transported me throughout the underground of London by the second hour of the book. I had never really read a novel by Neil Gaiman besides Coraline, so I didn’t know what to completely expect when I began listening. Richard is a complacent and rather ordinary guy living in London, who always goes with the motion of life. His time is mostly controlled by his job or fiancé, and he isn’t either unhappy or happy. However, after he meets Door, he is taken on an adventure of a lifetime to the Underground society of London’s metro. This underworld is magical and demonic, and you never know what you can come across.

Gaiman takes listeners on a scary ride through the Underground society, where we learn that this world is strongly held up on the principle of every man for himself and how the world always continues to move regardless of an individual’s status. The juxtaposition of life in the Underground world and life in London is the main point of the story. Underground, life is primitive, dangerous and surreal. Above, life is mundane, safe, and tedious. No one can exist in both worlds, and Richard soon learns that it’s not so easy to return to your original world. This adventure through London’s underground is such a detailed and historically accurate rendition that if you take the journey while visiting, you’ll feel like one of the architects who helped create the tunnels! It was such a pleasure listening while in London!

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  • You

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,440
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,422

Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: she's gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and sexy beyond his wildest dreams. Joe needs to have her, and he'll stop at nothing to do so. As he begins to insinuate himself into her life - her friendships, her email, her phone - she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom-made for her. So when her boyfriend, Benji, mysteriously disappears, Beck and Joe fall into a tumultuous affair. But there's more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. This. Book.

  • By Em on 07-17-15

A Walk Through the Mind of a Psychopath...

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

Reviewed: 06-19-17

When I first discovered You by Caroline Kepnes, it was not because I was looking for it. Actually it was an accidental click, however it must've been fate because after reading the summary, I was intrigued. The first chapter literally sucks you into the mind of the protagonist, Joe, a seemingly ordinary guy living an outwardly ordinary life. However, the mind of Joe is a dark and insane one, while also being deliriously hilarious.

Joe is a character you hate to love. No matter how sick and twisted his mind is, he delivers everything is such a funny and surprisingly logical manner. At points in the novel, I would stop and ask myself, "Am I a psychopath???" because Joe was such an articulate character that could legitimize his insanity by blaming society and others around him. However, don't be fooled! There is nothing logical or sane about anything he says because his actions really speak louder than his words. That's what makes Kepnes so brilliant with her writing. Because with everything in Joe's perspective, it's easy to almost get swept up in the rationale he gives until BAM! Joe says or does something completely psychotic, and you remember that yes, he is indeed CRAZY!

Great writing aside, Santino Fontana is what makes this book so captivating. He delivers Joe's thoughts in such a calm and detached manner, which makes the book all the more hilarious because what Joe's doing is anything but calm or reasonable. Joe is a stalker and creep, which Fontana hones in on perfectly. His detached voice always has a touch of insanity that keeps you on your toes with the character's actions. No matter how much Joe talks about love, there is no emotion that Fontana portrays for Joe except insanity and that's what keeps you from getting swept up with Joe's crazy, specious rationale. That touch of insanity intensifies and intensifies until you're really shocked at how much Joe is really capable of. From starting out as a stalker, Joe reveals himself to be a honest to god madman and psycho! Fontana does this novel so much justice that I'm not sure if the book would be as great without Fontana's narration.

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  • It

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 44 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,246
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,551
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,447

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic with a Top-Notch Performance!

  • By Nicole - Audible on 06-19-17

A Classic with a Top-Notch Performance!

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

Reviewed: 06-19-17

I first would like to start off with saying that I have listened to Stephen King's It four times already, and I still can't get enough of it! Stephen King is a mastermind (like always) with the beautiful attention to detail he gives for every single character's background and inner thoughts. It's captivating and sucks you into Derry, a town with a dark history, a scary present, and an uncertain future. If you're like me who saw the TV movie before reading the book, you will be shocked by how different the book is! The details of the novel makes you feel as if you have lived in Derry all of your life and live next door to all of the characters. The book is beautiful, and the performance by Steven Weber is only worthy of praise. If you thought Tim Curry was the best Pennywise you had ever seen, wait until you see what Steven Weber can do with only his voice. The performance will give you chills!

The story of It is a dark one that must not be listened to lightly. The novel is, in my opinion, the most graphic, brutal, and original novel that Stephen King has ever written. Because the victims of Pennywise are children, one must listen at their own caution because Stephen King does not shy away from any grizzly and provocative detail that is needed to make this story as powerful and shocking as it is. The story is told in various character perspectives, however it's heavily centered around the 7 main characters voices and experiences. The additional perspectives given only adds to the depth of the intricate story that King molds. The novel goes back and forth between different point of Derry's history in order to set the stage for what has been going on in Derry, Maine long before the town was even there. The real beauty is in the character development that takes place in these time jumps. You will learn so much about all of the characters, and it will help understand and empathize all of the characters for what drives their behavior. No character can be deemed insignificant in this novel. The book is nearly 45 hours and has no dragging parts because every word is essential for the understanding of the story. The TV movie can't even begin to touch the depth that King has given this story. It truly is amazing how far this novel reaches.

Steven Weber's performance is one that left me shaken to the core. The first time I listened to the book, I was skeptical at the thought of the audiobook being better or even comparable to the movie (crazy right?). However, 5 minutes in, I realized I was listening to a ingenius and chilling performance. Weber clearly gives each character its own voice and brings the story to life without the need for visuals. You can hear the fear, the courage, the desperation, and etc. that each character feels through his performance. When it came to the voice of Pennywise, he honestly made me feel fear (something I had not felt while watching Stephen King's It, even as a child). His rendition honestly reminded me of the sewer that It crawled out of. It was beautiful! Weber is a genius at what he does, and this novel was perfect to show the range that he can reach. From the voice of a frantic New England mother to the little children he portrayed, you felt as if these were different people all together, not just one man doing voices.

I had modest hopes for this audiobook, and I was given a masterpiece. I will continue to listen this book because I could never tire of it.

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  • Dead Ever After

  • A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,041
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,052

Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Welp, At Least She Didn't Do An Anita Blake

  • By J Barrington on 06-23-13

Good and Bad Points

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

Reviewed: 05-24-13

Would you listen to Dead Ever After again? Why?

I wouldn't listen this book again. This book ended the Soooke Stackhouse series, but felt out of place. I have read and listened to every book, and this book tried hard to wrap up the series; however, it didn't seem to work the way Harris wanted. I wouldn't read this book, but I would re-read the other books without hesitation. There were very large boring parts of this book. They seemed to last forever, and sometimes just childish. Sookie's character seemed to have digressed and Sam's condition is just weird after he is brought back (it wasn't even explained as to why he acted that way). The performance however is done beautifully by Johanna Parker (3 snaps to you). This book was drawn out and full of mundane things. I have no interest in reading it again, but I'm glad I read it. This kind of closure, however, sucks.

Would you recommend Dead Ever After to your friends? Why or why not?

No, those that have read the series would not like the way it ended. This was too abrupt and it was obvious she is going to end with Sam. Sam isn't bad, but none would be happy how abruptly her relationship with Eric was ended. It felt like a page of the ending ritual. *Spoiler* Their marriage was ended too quickly, not even drawn out like it needed to be, just rushed.

What does Johanna Parker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She definitely brought this book to life. I loved her narration and it was easy to see which characters were which. Johanna Parker a.k.a Sookie Stackhouse!

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

There were really good parts of this book that had you on your toes, but dropped you on your but afterwards. This book is like a roller coaster. You see all of the characters from all previous novels; however, there were certain characters and moments that were completely unnecessary in the story line. At one point, you see Quinn, Berry, Bob, and Amelia... I have yet to see how they contributed. There were also points in the novel such as different narrative chapters. I just don't understand the point. They introduce a devil, who seems to have been highly irrelevant (my opinion: if the devil was going to play a seemingly big part like how he was introduced, then he should have been weaved throughout the novel); Adding, the moments with Eric and Sookie were such downers. Nearly 12 books of their relationship changing and developing, just ending like it was her relationship with Quinn, temporary and just for fun. There was also too many blank spots... i don't really want to know what Sookie's mundane routine is.

Any additional comments?

Read it if you want an ending to the series, but don't get your hopes up.

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