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  • Blaze

  • A Novel
  • By: Richard Bachman, Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,358
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 927
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 929

Blaze is the story of Clayton Blaisdell, Jr., of the crimes committed against him and the crimes he commits, including his last, the kidnapping of a baby heir worth millions. Blaze has been a slow thinker since childhood, when his father threw him down the stairs and then threw him down again. After escaping an abusive institution for boys when he was a teenager, Blaze hooks up with George, a seasoned criminal who thinks he has all the answers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By Randall on 04-25-09

I am giggling...

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-07

A long time "dear reader" of Stephen King's (and his alter ego's) books, I've found, unfortunatley, more and more, his latest books (written or published) to be unfortunate affairs. Carrie, The Stand (original), Different Seasons, Christine, Dead Zone--they all shine. Even some of his new ones have moments. BUT "Blaze" should have been kept in the box (as Stephen King himself has wondered, in the preface). And what is truly horrifying about this book is that what he feared the most has come true. I giggled uncontrollably throughout the entire book...I understand he is a prolific writer, but not everything he writes--as much as he may enjoy writing and reading them--needs an audience.

26 of 49 people found this review helpful

Underworld
    A Novel
    
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        Don DeLillo
    
    


    
    
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        Richard Poe
    
    


    
    Length: 30 hrs and 56 mins
    128 ratings
    Overall 3.6
  • Underworld

  • A Novel
  • By: Don DeLillo
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 30 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

National Book Award and PEN/Faulkner Award winner and best-selling author Don DeLillo crafts a magnificent tale laying bare 20th-century American culture as defined by the Cold War. Spanning 50 years, this is a story about human relationships and how they affect one another on global and local scales. Richard Poe's brilliant performance captures the essence of each character through five decades of change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • this book is a gothic cathedral of literature.....

  • By Julie on 03-26-04

Can't finish this...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-27-07

Don D is excellent, but this book is torture. Not sure if reading it is any better. Listening, I keep starting over. The monotonous reading is appropriate, for sure, for DD's writing, but this is torture...

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Zodiac

  • The Shocking True Story of the Nation's Most Bizarre Mass Murderer
  • By: Robert Graysmith
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,515
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,156

After Jack the Ripper and before Son of Sam there was only one name their equal in terror: the deadly, elusive, and mysterious Zodiac. Beginning in 1968 the hooded mass murderer terrified the city of San Francisco and the Bay Area with a string of brutal killings. A sexual sadist, his pleasure was torture and murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By Z on 05-19-06

Great read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-27-07

The movie pales in comparison to this wonderfully written book. While I've read that some of the material in this book have been debunked, it reads well, fast, and makes you a believer of some of the astonishing possibilities to the identity of Zodiac.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Contact

  • By: Carl Sagan
  • Narrated by: Jodie Foster
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258

In December, 1999, a multinational team journeys out to the stars, to the most awesome encounter in human history. Who, or what, is out there?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Contact is wonderful

  • By Ryan on 02-23-04

Jodie Foster is worth it

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-27-07

It's unabridged, unfortunately, but listening to Jodie Foster is worth this audible book--although the sound effects are unnecessary and cheesy...

0 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • 102 Minutes

  • The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers
  • By: Jim Dwyer, Kevin Flynn
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232

At 8:46 a.m. on September 11, 2001, 14,000 people were inside the twin towers; reading e-mails, making trades, eating croissants at Windows on the World. Over the next 102 minutes, each would become part of a drama for the ages, one witnessed only by the people who lived it, until now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stellar Reporting; Ages Well With Time

  • By Gillian on 03-06-15

Riveting

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-27-07

Utterly and completely riveting. Far more insightful and heart-wrenching than any other material available about 9/11...

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Haunted

  • By: Chuck Palahniuk
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Marc Cashman, Erik Davies, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,210
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 784
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 789

Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk is a novel made up of stories: 23 of them, to be precise. Twenty-three of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you'll ever encounter, sometimes all at once. They are told by people who have answered an ad headlined "Writers' Retreat: Abandon Your Life for Three Months", and who are led to believe that here they will leave behind all the distractions of "real life" that are keeping them from creating the masterpiece that is in them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • True Horror -- Not for the faint of heart, stomach

  • By Dominique on 05-24-05

Disgusting

Overall
out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-27-07

Utterly disgusting and funny.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Hubris

  • The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War
  • By: Michael Isikoff, David Corn
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 18 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

This fast-paced, behind-the-scenes narrative tells the inside story of how the Bush administration used bad intelligence to sell and then justify the Iraq war. Veteran reporters Michael Isikoff and David Corn take the reader behind the scenes at the White House, the CIA, the Pentagon, the State Department, and Congress, where controversial decisions and turf battles were fought in the highest circles of the Bush administration.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GW's Hoax

  • By Tim on 09-10-13

Better than most

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-27-07

This isn't bad for those who haven't read/heard "State of Denial" or that book written by Richard Clark, (and one or two others), but for those who have, this will read like an amalgamation of all the other 9/11 and Iraq books. Currently listening to Tenet's book, and so far, Tenet's writing is pedestrian at best, sloppy at worst.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Cosmopolis

  • By: Don DeLillo
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 110

It is an April day in the year 2000 and an era is about to end, those booming times of market optimism when the culture boiled with money and corporations seemed more vital and influential than governments.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book

  • By Alnia Perpoz on 08-18-09

Perfectly read...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-07

This isn't the most popular of his books, but the reading makes this book is masterful. I've listened to this particular book a dozens of time, simply because of the reading. I enjoy DD greatly and have downloaded several of them, but this is the best read bar none. In fact, I enjoyed this rendition so much that I've actually checked the other books recorded by this reader (but unfortunately, the other titles are in genres that I am unfamiliar with). For those who enjoy DD, this is an excellent audio version.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • World War Z

  • An Oral History of the Zombie War
  • By: Max Brooks
  • Narrated by: Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,817
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,758

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls, to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant production, criminally abridged

  • By J. Huntington on 01-04-07

Too Funny...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-07

Well written, well read, nicely presented. It's too bad that there isn't an unabridged one that's available.

Green River, Running Red
    The Real Story of the Green River Killer, America's Deadliest Serial Murderer
    
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        Ann Rule
    
    


    
    
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    Length: Not Yet Known
    271 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • Green River, Running Red

  • The Real Story of the Green River Killer, America's Deadliest Serial Murderer
  • By: Ann Rule
  • Narrated by: Michele Pawk
  • Length: Not Yet Known
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

In the most extraordinary journey Ann Rule has ever undertaken, America's master of true crime has spent more than two decades researching the story of the Green River Killer, who murdered more than 49 young women.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Pedestrian prose...

  • By Kenji on 04-30-07
  • Green River, Running Red
  • The Real Story of the Green River Killer, America's Deadliest Serial Murderer
  • By: Ann Rule
  • Narrated by: Michele Pawk

Pedestrian prose...

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-07

I've listened to some of the serial killer books, including Zodiac and BTK Killer, and I must admit that while Zodiac was fast-paced and a breeze to read, and BTK Killer almost novel-esque in its tone and writing style (literary, almost), this particular book was terribly pedestrian in its writing style. It appears that this author is popular (I like Stephen King, so nothing wrong with popular authors), but this book was simply a digest of this horrific killer's deeds and nothing more. It's like a bad magazine article that just goes on and on, or one of those uninformative segments on a 30-minute TV show that somehow wound up to be an unnecessary mini-series. I recommend the other two mentioned, and hope that someone else tackles this killer's story in a more meaningful fashion.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful