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  • Joyland

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Michael Kelly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,866
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,373

Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great Stephen King crime/mystery

  • By Mark on 07-11-13

Stephen King-lite

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

Reviewed: 05-05-15

"Something Wicked This Way Comes" meets "The Summer of 42" without the compelling parts.

It's too short for the number of characters and plot twists. The protagonist was the only character that was fleshed out. Overall a pedestrian tale.

  • The Purples

  • By: W. K. Berger
  • Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Shunned by his community...locked up for trying to help an innocent girl...ambushed by rivals and left for dead in the Detroit River, Joe Bernstein has a few scores to settle, and a bold plan to seize control of the Motor City in its booming 1920s heyday. With his faithful "agent", Abie; his brilliant but fragile brother, Max; and an out-of-control enforcer named Grabowski (not to mention a couple of carnivorous creatures known as "the babies"), Bernstein gives rise to the infamous Purple Gang....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gritty story...entertaining listen...who knew?

  • By david on 03-16-14

Being from Detroit, I wanted to like it.

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

Reviewed: 12-05-14

I identified more with the community that shunned the gang than I could with the lead characters. Trying to make antisocial behavior more palatable by casting Joe Bernstein as a Robin Hood belies the outright cruel violence that was used to gain vengance. The story of the Purple Gang was much more black and white - they were bad people that did terrible things for money and power. At that time, Detroit was the town where actually working hard could help you rise above poverty and injustice. Henry Ford was a businessman and anti-semite, but using him as the great villian is lazy and inane.

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  • Rose Madder

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Blair Brown
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 807

Escape from her macabre marriage is not as easy as fleeing to a new city, picking a new name, finding a new job, and lucking out with a new man. Not with a husband like Norman...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WHYYYY

  • By Chantelle on 12-01-11

I liked it. Well written...

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

Reviewed: 12-05-14

..as are most Stephen King books. It had a workman-like quality to the story. It wasn't his best, but it was a compelling, readable story.

  • Kindness Goes Unpunished

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,367
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,655
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,628

Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mysteries are critically acclaimed. Longmire's third outing takes him from Wyoming to Philadelphia to investigate a brutal assault on his daughter, Cady. Walt believes her ex-boyfriend is behind the crime and searches him out. But when he turns up dead, Walt is back to square one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Okay, so I'm a little in love ...

  • By C. A. Gelsinger on 07-30-12

Longmire in Philly is a bull in a China shop...

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

Reviewed: 07-21-14

...as opposed to Longmire in Wyoming's bull on the open range. It's a good read - even if the "cooperation" of the Philadelphia Police is a little fantasical. One reason I read and listen to this type of book is to escape. This series does an admirable job of providing that escape.

  • Death Without Company

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,733
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,808
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,790

When an elderly local woman is found poisoned, Sheriff Walt Longmire begins an investigation that soon has him ensnared in a deadly spider's web. From Craig Johnson, author of the acclaimed novel The Cold Dish, comes this enthralling Sheriff Longmire mystery. With a distinctive literary flair, Johnson leads us into the wide open space of Absaroka County, Wyoming.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a wonderful find!

  • By Laura Harley on 10-04-07

This one was too heavy on action...

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

...too light on the cerebral. I liked this book, but Walt needs to be smarter, less "bull in a china shop". It would have been smarter for him to take the old woman to town and let Henry set the trap. The plot being what it is, he still would have had the conflict, but he would have used his head in that Henry was healthier and more likely to be able to stand up to the adversary. This is just the most glaring instance, but there were several others.

Looking forward to the next installment.

  • Death From Below - Volumes 1 and 2

  • By: Del Laughery
  • Narrated by: Barry Campbell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Submarines glide along on their dangerous missions, their crews performing difficult tasks under arduous conditions. The mystique associated with these boats is evidenced by the number of movies and television shows dedicated to the subject. But nowhere else will you find the lighter side of submarine operations - childish pranks, retrieving lost sailors, and even humorous episodes involving the father of the nuclear Navy, Admiral Rickover.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Submarine Life - The Raw Deal

  • By Michael on 05-02-14

Brought back memories...

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

Reviewed: 07-02-14

... good and bad. Duct tape mummies lashed to hand rails are one person's practical joke and another's nightmare. The feeling that "we're all in this together" that drew people closer than ever before or since, tempered by the organized hazing of "Bluenose" and "Shellback" ceremonies. It is a fairly tame collection of stories. As Del said, the one thing that you didn't want to do was show what got to you. I was glad that I went through it, but I wouldn't want to do it now.

This is not great literature, and I've read sea stories that were better written. Reading the other reviews, I get the impression that the collective response was more about the memories and less about the writing. I'm giving it to several family members that didn't ride the boats to see what their thoughts are.

  • The Heretic's Daughter

  • A Novel
  • By: Kathleen Kent
  • Narrated by: Mare Winningham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 453
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 257

Martha Carrier was one of the first women to be accused, tried, and hanged as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. Like her mother, young Sarah Carrier is bright and willful, openly challenging the small, brutal world in which they live. Often at odds with one another, mother and daughter are forced to stand together against the escalating hysteria of the trials.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What is Love?

  • By Darice on 02-11-10

From the inside...

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

Reviewed: 06-11-14

... the Salem Witch Trials seem even more barbaric. It seems very much like the Taliban version of Sharia Law bought to life in colonial New England.

Kathleen Kent's retelling transports you back and inhabits the harsh realities of life in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century. The tale reveals a picture of the Carrier family in compelling prose.

Mare Winningham holds true to the writing and time.

This is the best Audiobook I've heard since "Unbroken".

  • The Gingerbread Girl

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Mare Winningham
  • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 687
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 314

In the emotional aftermath of her baby's death, Em starts running. Soon she runs from her husband, to the airport, down to the Florida Gulf, and out to Vermillion Key, where her father has offered the use of a shack he has kept there for years. This is doing her all kinds of good, until one day she makes the mistake of looking into the driveway of a man named Pickering. Pickering also enjoys the privacy of Vermillion Key, but the young women he brings there suffer the consequences. Will Em be next?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • On the Edge of the IPOD.

  • By Jason_in_Gilbert on 06-02-08

Gerald's Game "Lite"

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

Reviewed: 05-27-14

Nothing wrong with the story but it lacked completeness. Too many possibilities exist for expanding or continuing or prefacing. Kind of like going into a store and not being able to make up your mind because there were too many options. It made it feel incomplete - like it was published because it could be, rather than it should be.

Mare Winningham gave her normal very good performance for the material she had.

  • The Cold Dish

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,915
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,893

Introducing Wyoming's Sheriff Walt Longmire in this riveting novel from the New York Times best-selling author of Dry Bones, the first in the Longmire series, the basis for the hit Netflix original series Longmire. Johnson draws on his deep attachment to the American West to produce a literary mystery of stunning authenticity, full of memorable characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)

  • By Dataman on 09-12-12

It's a whole other set of plots.

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

Reviewed: 04-21-14

Both the A&Eseries and the book are good whodunits - complete with modern cowboys and indians, but they are actually different. The people described in the book don't jive with the characters on the screen. I was happy that the only thing that's the same from the A&E series are the names. It gives you a whole other set of plots.

Mr Johnson does a good job of moving the police procedural out of the city. The collaboration of law enforcement with Cheyenne mysticism feeds the imagination and rounds out the story very nicely.

I recommend the book - I look forward to reading the whole series

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  • Doctor Sleep

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,857
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,853

Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The sequel to the book; not the movie

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-28-13

Finally - Stephen King as good as I remember.

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

Reviewed: 04-02-14

After wading through "Cell" and "11/26/1963", I started wondering where the Stephen King that I enjoyed was. While not as innovative as "Carrie" or as just plain scary as "'Salem's Lot", "Doctor Sleep” stands alongside its predecessor as a good read that can provide more than just chills. It haunts you all the way through and leaves you fulfilled at the end.

Good Job all the way around.