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  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,933
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,988
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,848

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It caught my interest...but became toooo long!

  • By Barbara M on 11-01-18

My heroes have let me down

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

My Favorite writer and my favorite narrator have disappointed me.
I have read or listened to every Stephen King book, and I'm sorry to say this but he struck out. This is just not that good.
Will Patton... ??? WTF? He was whispering about 50 % of the time, or maybe he fell asleep while reading it.
Some of the voices were laughable cartoonish voices. Both of these guys are way to good to put this out there, especially for the price the reader has to plunk down.

17 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Blackwater: The Complete Saga

  • By: Michael McDowell
  • Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
  • Length: 30 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,919
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,913

Blackwater is the saga of a small town, Perdido, Alabama, and Elinor Dammert, the stranger who arrives there under mysterious circumstances on Easter Sunday, 1919. On the surface, Elinor is gracious, charming, anxious to belong in Perdido, and eager to marry Oscar Caskey, the eldest son of Perdido's first family. But her beautiful exterior hides a shocking secret. Beneath the waters of the Perdido River, she turns into something terrifying, a creature whispered about in stories that have chilled the residents of Perdido for generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A 6 Star Worthy Epic!

  • By jksullycats on 10-29-17

Veryy long, and very good.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-18

It's a bit of a horror story and a bit of a drama. The naration must have been difficult because there are so many characters. At points it becomes a soap opera and at other points it was like a Stephen King story.
Well written, a good spooky tale. It was LONG but I hung in there till the end and it was well worth the effort.

  • Family Honor

  • A Sunny Randall Novel
  • By: Robert B. Parker
  • Narrated by: Andrea Thompson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

Hired by a wealthy family to locate their teenage daughter, Sunny Randall, a former cop turned Boston P.I., soon finds herself the bodyguard for a difficult teenager who refuses to return to her family. But before long, Sunny is facing greater problems than she ever imagined including a criminal conspiracy that reaches to the top of the state government.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By Roger on 07-09-10

If this book was a meal...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-27-18

It would be a peanut butter sandwich.

Nothing wrong with a peanut butter sanwich, unless you were hoping for a steak.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Random Walk

  • By: Lawrence Block
  • Narrated by: Norman Dietz
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

When Guthrie leaves his job, his car, and his apartment behind and starts walking, he has no plan. But day by day, he finds direction, company, and a vision that gets clearer with each passing mile. Lawrence Block is widely known for his best-selling mysteries. Here, in an early work that is now reissued, the Edgar and Shamus Award-winning author offers a provocative fantasy that has changed the lives of many readers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story!

  • By Lemming on 11-30-18

I read it, I enjoyed it but...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-18

Ok, it was worth reading. It held my interest.
He's a good writer with a unique way of describing things.
Sometimes his writing style is odd, cruel, and raw, sometimes cold and frightening.
The characters were vivid and unusual. They could be kind and humorous, some were creepy and vicious.

I see a likeness to The Stand, by Stephen King.
The gripe I have is - I wanted a stronger ending, a bigger payoff, a resolution.

  • Sleeping Beauties

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King, Owen King
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 25 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,468
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,429

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: They become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place.... The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not a typical King novel.

  • By Mimi-OV on 09-13-18

Awful. Very disappointing.

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

Reviewed: 10-08-17

I love Stephen King's work. I've read most of his books, so it's hard to admit that I don't like this one. I really wanted to like his son's work too.
There are too many names to keep track of and too many characters popping up. Not one character I could like.. It's too long and repetitive, silly and ridiculous . I had to fight through it to the end.
Worst of all the accents - Gomer Pyle meets Forest Gump and Ellie Mae Clampett..
It's an expensive book, and it wasn't worth it.

24 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • This Book Is Full of Spiders

  • Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It
  • By: David Wong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,644
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,353

Warning: You may have a huge, invisible spider living in your skull. This is not a metaphor. You will dismiss this as ridiculous fearmongering. Dismissing things as ridiculous fearmongering is, in fact, the first symptom of parasitic spider infection - the creature secretes a chemical into the brain to stimulate skepticism, in order to prevent you from seeking a cure. That’s just as well, since the “cure” involves learning what a chain saw tastes like. You can’t feel the spider, because it controls your nerve endings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If You're Considering This... Go Ahead!

  • By Tracey Rains on 05-29-13

I liked it a lot, but it's not for everybody

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-22-17

I laughed a lot throughout this book. I loved the rude, crude, sometimes scatological humor. Some people would be offended by the "vulgar language" and events in this story. There really isn't a lot of plot. Who cares? Give your mind a short vacation. Drop your political correctness for a while.
Sometimes it's good to relax and laugh at something ridiculous. This guy writes some funny stuff, simple as that..
Any book that can make me laugh out loud from beginning to end is worth buying.

  • Since We Fell

  • A Novel
  • By: Dennis Lehane
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,416
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,413

Since We Fell follows Rachel Childs, a former journalist who, after an on-air mental breakdown, now lives as a virtual shut-in. In all other respects, however, she enjoys an ideal life with an ideal husband. Until a chance encounter on a rainy afternoon causes that ideal life to fray. As does Rachel's marriage. As does Rachel herself. Sucked into a conspiracy thick with deception, violence, and possibly madness, Rachel must find the strength within herself to conquer unimaginable fears and mind-altering truths.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A rip-snorting blast!

  • By Margaret on 05-22-17

Not His Best Work

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-15-17

Unlikable protagonists, no one is good, no one is who they pretend to be. Every word anyone says is a lie as they play out ridiculously far fetched scenarios. There are no good guys, no winners, no one to cheer for. Everyone is untrustworthy. No one has a nice day, ever.
I've think I've read every book Dennis Lehane has released. I like his early work the best. I'm sure that most people will like this book, but for 'cry sake,' how can I root for the good guys when there aren't any? Dennis, give me a character I can care about. Give us a happy ending while you're at it.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • World of Trouble

  • The Last Policeman, Book 3
  • By: Ben H. Winters
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 352

With the doomsday asteroid looming, Detective Hank Palace has found sanctuary in the woods of New England, secure in a well-stocked safe house with other onetime members of the Concord police force. But with time ticking away before the asteroid makes landfall, Hank's safety is only relative, and his only relative - his sister Nico - isn't safe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best one!

  • By Najima Rainey on 02-01-15

Not much to enjoy

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-17-17

The first 2 books of the series were entertaining, but book #3 was mostly just a series of unpleasant scenarios with no real payoff. There was far too much desperate whining, and I couldn't wait for it to end. Sorry. He's a good writer, but this is not a great book. I don't mean to be unkind, but I can't recommend this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Crossing

  • The Border Trilogy Book 2
  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

Sixteen-year-old Billy and his brother Boyd are fascinated by an elusive wolf that has been marauding his family's ranch. Billy captures the animal - but rather than kill it, sets out impulsively for the mountains of Mexico to return it to where it came from. Billy returns, finding himself and his world have irrevocably changed. His loss of innocence has come at a price, and once again the border beckons with its desolate beauty and cruel promise.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A western Faulkner

  • By kathryn rogers on 10-29-18

A Hypnotic Masterpiece

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-17

The story begins on a cattle ranch in 1949. I don't want to reveal the plot, so instead I'll just say that it's brilliantly written, and hypnotic to listen to as an audio book. (and to read)
The narration was top-notch, especially the spanish segments. It involves the love of two brothers, a wolf, travels through a lawless area of Mexico, and a heartbeakingly faithful horse, with many other memorable characters. This is not a book to breeze through. Read it, consider it and savor it instead. Cormac McCarthy is one of a kind. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

  • News of the World

  • A Novel
  • By: Paulette Jiles
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,834
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,406
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,393

In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful story....but not True Grit

  • By DenGig on 04-14-17

A Simple Story But A Good One

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

Reviewed: 01-04-17

The only thing I didn't like about this book is that it ended.
Sometimes you need a nice simple story with likeable characters.
This is one of those books.
The naration was top-notch.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful